“Long March Project – KOREA 2018 (2017-)”
first launched in Tomorrow）
Kumho Museum, Artsonje Center
4, October, 2007 – 4 November, 2007
Initiated and mediated by the Long March Project, ‘Korea 2018’ was first launched in Seoul as a part of the exhibition “Tomorrow” at the Kumho Museum and Artsonje Center (October 4 – November 4, 2007). Conceived as a “multi-local conversation rather than a traveling show,” the exhibition ‘Tomorrow’ grew out of a response to the numerous tendencies and techniques of the state in appropriating cultural and artistic purposes for particular itineraries and agendas. How are these negotiations reproduced within particular geographies, what spaces exist for re-imagining the possibilities that these influences put into play for the future? The exhibition seeks to bring together a broad perspective of views from around the world outside of the frameworks of state of market, proffering an alternative framework for cultural exchange and creation.
Arriving in Seoul three days before Tomorrow opened, the Long March team immediately began sourcing, interviewing and initiating discussions with various individuals connected with art, culture and Korean history.
Cary Park set up meetings with various people interested in researching North Korean history, and the team met with artists, members of the Culture Bureau, professors of film and literature, and a 4* airforce general. No businessmen were included in the discussions. Interviews conducted between these individuals and Lu Jie are documented on DVD.
Meeting between North and South Korean Art Historians (closed to public)
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Venue: Kumho Museum (78 Sagan-dong, Jongno-gu，Soeul, Korea110-190）
The “secret” meeting held between a North Korean and a South Korean historian coincided with the opening of Tomorrow. The historians arrived on site escorted by armed guards and covered by a shawl. The meeting was conducted in Korean and Chinese. However, the historians did not speak face to face – they sat on opposite sides of a dividing wall.
Discussions were held about cultural collaboration and reconciliation, thus acting as a first step towards imagining a Korea with no cultural boundaries. CCTV footage of the hour-long event was played on a live feed to the audience at the opening. The audio documentation however, will not be released until 2018.
Public Meeting with Long March Project
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2007 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Venue: Artsonje Center Garden Hanok
The public meeting facilitated by Lu Jie was split into two sections: a discussion in English with an international panel; and a discussion in Chinese and Korean between Lu Jie and a Korean panel. The meeting was held in a traditional Korean scholar room at Artsonje in order to provide a culturally and artistically stimulating environment in which North and South Korea could find shared ground. By imagining that the meeting was taking place in 2018, after the reunification of North and South Korea, the participants discussed how the reunification had affected society, culture and artistic discourse, thus taking a reversed way of looking at the future and at the present.
Archival material from Tomorrow:
Lu Jie gave a speech at the academic symposium for the exhibition on October 6. Audio documentation.
8 interviews conducted before Tomorrow. Audio documentation.
Video and audio documentation of the public meeting.
Video documentation of the “secret” meeting.
Audio documentation of the “secret” meeting. This will be kept confidential until 2018.
Newspapers, magazines etc that document the real Inter-Korean Summit.
Security guard uniforms from the “secret” meeting.