“Pure land: where the wind lingers”, The opening exhibition of Cociety Village Jeju, is held in Jeju from July 30 to October 31, 2021.
According to local legend, Jeju was home to over 18,000 gods. Geumbaekjo, the mother of all gods, was the goddess who watched over Songdang-ri in Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, where the village of Cociety Jeju is located. The exhibit reflects the history of the region and commemorates the beginning of Cociety Village Jeju through a display of photos, sounds, graphics and installations under the theme of ‘wish’.
The first section of the exhibition presents New zone (2021), the series by photographer Park Hyeon-seong that captures Jeju’s landscape with the theme of birth and the passing of time. It begins with a macroscopic perspective of human life from the existence of nature in its own time and relationships.
The second section presents White Forest (2021), an installation by artist Min Deok-gi, which uses a medium between the human and divine worlds as a motif. The room serves as a bridge that invites the gods into the world of wish-filled humans.
In the middle of the journey between the sections, crossing the works and the spaces is Tales about a place without a name, a sound piece by art critic Lee Han-beom who joins this project as an artist. The sounds collected from the borders between day and night, water and forest, and stones and Jeju Sea are clues to the hometowns of the gods who remain in various places in Jeju. These various audio sources overlap and tell the story of lost lands.
The exhibition then leads to a space of experience. While the previous sections refreshed the frantic pace of the viewer’s daily life with delicate sensory stimuli, the viewer now becomes the creator of the space in the next section. In the courtyard of the exhibition hall where a camellia is planted, the spectator will look inside the wish of his heart and perform a ritual in the hope of making it come true. Then they move to the totem space where the wish can be projected, contained and prayed. They can commemorate their wishes by purchasing various items and products created by the artists.
The exhibition ends with a viewer’s walk through the gardens of Cociety Village Jeju. They began with macro and micro experiences of encountering visual and auditory images of nature and introspective reflection on themselves, then retreated from the natural landscape, expanding their sensory functions. They will then cherish a single wish in their hearts, which becomes a piece of history in Songdang-ri, the village where spiritual prayers are devoted.
Cociety is a space content service brand launched by Unmet People that believes “good space changes lives”. They aim to create a space culture where people share their inspirations and enrich each other. Launched after their Seoul Forest branch, Cociety Village Jeju intends to provide “work and rest with inspiration” with the spatial experience of a relaxing and peaceful nature between work and everyday life.
Location | Cociety Village Jeju (2656-4, Songdang-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
구좌읍 송당리 2656-4
Dates | Friday July 30 – Sunday October 31, 2021
Hours | Monday-Sunday, 10 am-6pm
Closed | The last Monday of each month September 27 / October 25