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Open call: artistic director for Sea Art Festival 2023

Application period: December 5–13, 2022

Proposals for Busan Sea Art Festival 2023 artistic director open call to be accepted through December 13.

The Busan Metropolitan City and the Busan Biennale Organizing Committee have begun the process of selecting an artistic director for the Sea Art Festival 2023. The open call period will run for 30 days, from November 14 to December 13, five days longer than last year. Applications may be sent by email between December 5 and December 13.

Since 2021, the Busan Biennale Organizing Committee has selected artistic directors through an international open call process, with the goal of discovering talented programmers working in South Korea and abroad and contributing to the event’s growth as an international brand. The selection of Ritika Biswas, an Indian female curator who was 26 at the time, for the Sea Art Festival 2021 had a significant impact both at home and abroad (born in 1995). The event, which took place for the first time at Ilgwang Beach, was acclaimed for its high level of accomplishment and the varied experiments it exhibited, including nocturnal exhibitions.

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The artistic director for the Sea Art Festival 2023 will be a single person or a group of curators from South Korea and/or abroad. Applicants must be able to propose a new, forward-thinking exhibition strategy based on an understanding of the experimental nature and historical significance of the Sea Art Festival, as well as regard for the history, culture, and local specificity of Busan. They should also be knowledgeable about contemporary art, have the capacity to create creative and experimental programming with the potential to attract audiences, and be able to design venues that incorporate the coastline and other areas. The Organizing Committee also anticipates a Sea Art Festival that will feature emerging and other artists from the Busan area, as well as opportunities for visitors and members of the public to participate and enjoy themselves in a variety of ways.

The Sea Art Festival 2023, like the last event in 2021, will take place in October around Ilgwang Beach in Gijang County. Applicants are also free to propose other adjacent venues that are related with Ilgwang Beach in order to allow for a broad range of display concepts and designs.

The Sea Art Festival, which began in 1987 as a cultural event prior of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, has a unique exhibition format set against the backdrop of Busan’s natural environment. It has been conducted every other year since 2011 and is popular among South Korean and international audiences (during years when the Busan Biennale is not being held).
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