Gwangju Design Biennale
Design is Design is not Design/ 圖 可 圖 非 常 圖
2011

 

Artifacts and Observations
Gwangju inventories:

For the Gwangju Design Biennale I was asked to do a research on the anonymous design in the city of Gwangju. The observational photo series are accompanied by every day artifacts found in Gwangju. I have focussed on the most normal, the un-named, the anonymous everyday elements in the city. Altogether this work tells little stories about the un-named design of everyday life.

 

About Un-Named Design:
Curator: Brendan Mc Getrick

 

Over the past century design has been repeatedly altered to reflect changes in the political climate, elite preferences, or popular mood. In its current form, design projects the values of the free market. It is a vague amalgamation of clothes, home furnishings, personal hygiene, art, antiques, and music videos. It is western-centric, commodity-driven, and wealth-dependent. It is hugely influential and much copied, but it somehow loses depth with each incarnation. The Un-Named Design section questions the contemporary definition of design and challenges the myth of the designer. It backgrounds issues of authorship in order to focus on effects - the ways in which design alters perceptions, reinvents, and reveals hidden truths. In the process, it expands the boundaries of design to include fields such as bioengineering, virtual communication, permaculture, pre-modern technology, and performance-enhancing drugs. It rejects marketability as the primary means of evaluation and acceptance as the ideal audience response.

 

Public

Visitors during the first day of the Gwangju Design Biennale.

Visitor_4

Visitors during the first day of the Gwangju Design Biennale.

Visitor_1

Visitors during the first day of the Gwangju Design Biennale.

Visitors_5

Visitors during the first day of the Gwangju Design Biennale.

Visitor_Green Tape

Gwangju worker staring at the tape he is also wearing around his arm.

Mayor_Director

H-Sang Seung, Artistic director of the Gwangju Design Biennale and Un-tae Kang, Mayor of Gwangju City.

Visitor

Visitors during the first day of the Gwangju Design Biennale.

Platform

Handmade onggi pots, traditionally used for storing and fermenting food / Foam ice box with tropical print / Gwangju public post box / Universal plastic moulded stools / Local handmade wooden stool.

Platform

수제 옹기, 음식을 전통적인 방식으로 저장하거나 발효할 때 사용됨 / 열대식물 그림이 들어간 아이스박스 /  광주의 공공 우체통 / 틀로 찍어낸 플라스틱 의자들 / 인근지역에서찾은수제나무의자.

Platform

Handmade onggi pots, traditionally used for storing and fermenting food / Foam ice box with tropical print / Gwangju public post box / Universal plastic moulded stools / Local handmade wooden stool.

KleinTafeltje

Table for the object guides.

Explainations

Hardboard clipboard with sealed pink A4's that provide information about the objects in the space.

Plate

Object guide

Reineke_objectguide

Text on the object guide. To take a closer look scroll down in the text on the left.

Objecten_wall

Wall with the objects.

Close_objecten

Plastic fan blade / Folding stool / Colored self stick plastic index tabs / Paper cups / Golden aluminium pan for pouring / Pink plastic jimjilbang basket for shower items / Hand mirror / Pastel colored eyebrow razor set / Toilet signs / Blue foam car paint protectors / Blue foam car paint protectors / Plastic bag / Foam wraps to protect fruit / Green tape / Bag of hand-knotted straps to carry watermelons / Well wishing messages for plants given when celebrating / opening a new business venture/employment position.

Close_prints

Gwangju inventories.

Tafeltje_1

Table with objects.

Close_tafeltjes

Set of light blue melamine bowls often used in restaurants / Japanese plastic lacquerware / Japanese restaurant display models (sashimi and sushi) / Restaurant napkin dispenser with woodprint / Restaurant marbled plastic cutlery container.

Kommetjes

Set of light blue melamine bowls often used in restaurants / 식당에서 자주 사용되는 파란색 멜라민 그릇 세트

Close_Table

Set of light blue melamine bowls often used in restaurants / Japanese plastic lacquerware / Japanese restaurant display models (sashimi and sushi) / Restaurant napkin dispenser with woodprint / Restaurant marbled plastic cutlery container.

Overvieuw

Artifacts and Observations, Gwangju Inventories.

Hairdressers

Hairdresser sign saying / 미용실 사인: 가위=    scissors / 헤어 드라이기= hair dryer / 연습용 가발= wigs for practice /  강아지 바리깡 = hair cut for dogs /  오징어 염색약= squid ink for hair dye

Hairdresser sign

Hairdresser sign

Vinyl

Wood print vinyl for public and private seating surfaces / 개인이나 공공 의자를 덮기 위한 나무장판

Market bench

Wood print vinyl for public and private seating surfaces / 개인이나 공공 의자를 덮기 위한 나무장판

Green tape / 초록색 테이프

Green tape / 초록색 테이프

Green tape / 초록색 테이프

Green tape / 초록색 테이프

Well wishing messages

Well wishing messages for plants given when celebrating/ opening a new business venture/employment position / 축하용 화분에 사용된 밝은 색깔의 리본

Well wishing messages

Well wishing messages for plants given when celebrating/ opening a new business venture/employment position / 축하용 화분에 사용된 밝은 색깔의 리본

Golden aluminium pan for pouring

Golden aluminium pan for pouring / 금색의 알루미늄 냄비

Golden aluminium pan for pouring

Golden aluminium pan for pouring / 금색의 알루미늄 냄비