Flag Art Festival Seoul  (Korea)
The official cultural event of 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM

2002 Flag Art Festival Executive Committee

Press Release - 2002 Flag Art Festival, Seoul Korea


?2002 Flag Art Festival?is to be held at World Cup Park from May 29 to June 25 this year, and this is to wish the successful World Cup and create the festivity atmosphere. This Festival, as the official cultural event of 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM, greets the World Cup, the place of harmony and festival of the whole world, representing the cultural World Cup through the unique form of flags. This is the special project to stimulate the festival mood during the World Cup as well as offer the chance to share the diverse cultures with domestic and overseas tourists and citizens who visit Seoul this time. 

? This event has the theme of "Peace and Environment" that will be represented through the new style of the flag with our desire and wish for peace and environment. 

? The Festival has largely divided into two zones : the one is to display the banners of the nation who participate 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM finals with other related emblems, along to the road embracing Haneul and Noeul Parks, while the other is the exhibition of creative art flags, traditional flags, grouped flags and installation artworks at Nanjicheon Park. Specially, for creative art flags, more than 500 artists from 45 countries from all over the world. 

? Also, at the Nanjicheon Park as the main event place, the programs for visitors and citizens will be continued such as creating flags or wall painting, making it rise the enthusiasm for participating of Seoul citizens and domestic and overseas tourists.

1. Title of Event: 2002 Flag Art Festival - Poetry of the Winds

2. Event Period: May 29(Wed) ~June 25(Tue) (28 days)

3. Event Place: World Cup Park (Nanjicheon Park, Haneul/Noeul Parks)

4. Host: Seoul Metropolitan Government

5. Organizer: 21C New Generation Artists Association

6. Outline of the Event

The 2002 Flag Art Festival is an official cultural event of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM, approved by FIFA, which is to be held during the tournament period at the Nanjicheon Park in Nanjido, western Seoul. Once in Nanjido area, there was nothing at the site of the current World Cup Park but two huge mountains of trash from the severe overpopulation and industrialization of Seoul. 

Now, however, about 90m above sea level, two beautiful parks, named Haneul and Noeul (which each means "the sky" and "the dim light of the sunset") have been created. Below these parks are the Seoul World Cup Stadium, Nanjicheon Park and Peace Park. World Cup Park includes the four parks Haneul, Noeul, Nanjicheon and Peace parks. Nanjicheon Park, where the 2002 Flag Art Festival is to be held, was completed recently along with Peace Park, in front of the Seoul World Cup Stadium, being a place for citizens to rest and exercise. 

As if a magical hand had touched the enormous piles of garbage, the wisdom of the people has created these attractive parks. And now, another step is going to be taken, this time in the field of the arts. Korea has had a long history of flags, with their styles being created and developed according to the need, such as the unique designs of honor guard flags, military flags or folk flags. Based on those long traditions, this event, hosted by Seoul City, will be a special exhibition that will also feature contemporary flags. 

The 2002 Flag Art Festival has two largely different zones. One is the "Loop Zone" embracing the Noeul, Haneul and Nanjicheon parks, where the main event is to be held. The other one is the "Creative Art Zone". The Loop Zone has a magnificent view of flags along 7.5km of roads around the three above-mentioned parks, with the flags of the 32 nations participating in this World FIFA Cup Korea/JapanTM finals as well as those of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA, Fair Play, UNICEF, Seoul Metropolitan Government and the festival itself. Also in the Creative Art Zone, about 700 of the charming flags will be hoisted, including colorful group flags, flags by Korean calligraphers, Korean traditional flags and flags created by overseas and domestic artists. The event, the first of its kind, will be a great show of international flag art.

Moreover, around the pond at Nanjicheon Park, almost 30 works by Korean artists will be displayed. They will reflect the park's condition of location and the World Cup theme of "Peace & Environment." This exhibition is expected not only to make an impression on visitors but also to be helpful for the education of students. 

"Poetry of the Winds," as the secondary theme of this festival, is a metaphor for the cultural and artistic atmosphere that is created by the flags. Before languages were written down, only the "wind" recorded our history. Even today, the wind describes nature's history, like writing down a poem with its trace on flags. The wind is the power which makes flags flutter and is also a catalyst that evokes the imagination of artists. About five hundred flags by domestic and overseas artists will be presented in Nanjicheon Park to express the dearest wishes of the artists for global harmony and also to send their messages of peace to the peoples of the world. 

7. Contents of the Event

1) Opening Ceremony

? When : May 29, 2002

? Where : at the stage of Central Square and other spots all around Nanjicheon Park. 

? Major Guests/VIP: 50 figures that covers the mayor of Seoul Metropolitan City, The minister of Ministry of Culture & Tourism, all concerned to FIFA and organization committee of FIFA World Cup, committee of directing, committee of art, committee of commissioners, exhibitor artists(both domestic and overseas)

2) Pre-opening Events (30 minutes)

? Bicycles' parade (10 minutes)

? The 300 cyclists go on bicycles with banners of 32 nations that participate this World Cup finals and event emblems on the back of cycles, enter the event place and run around 2~3 times.

? Costume performance (Cho Gye-Hyung, artist)

? with the costumes made from 32 nations that take part in this World Cup finals

? Military marching band's performance by 70 persons

? Art picnic performance

? Performance that 500 kindergarten pupils, having the various colors of pin wheels, enter the Central Square and install them to the stage of the Square

3) Opening Ceremony (20 minutes)

? The mayor and the major figures attach the "message to fulfill the wish" onto the grouped flags made use of the marquee of Central Square, this Event' symbol, 

? The mayor and the major figures put the button to make it fly the advertising ballon that has been hidden inside the center of the grouped flags,

? and appreciate the exhibited flags at Central Square. (more or less 7 minutes)

4) Post-opening Event

? "Megu Gut"(Jucksan in Damyang), the performance of Korean traditional rituals by 40 artists, having the artistic feature of the powerful and full of lifting, the composed and splendid mood 

? This is the performance of Damyang Megu Gut Preservation Sosciety in Jucksan.(Awarded the Excellent prize at 2001 Namdo Culture & Arts Festival)

8. Introduction for Each Zone

1) Zone 1 

: 50 works of the grouped flags 1 & 2, Celebrating flags by Korean calligraphers 

? theme of the zone : the Prelude of Creation

This zone named "The Prelude of Creation" can be found when you enter Peace Park, cross the Work Cup Park Overpass and step into Nanjicheon Park. Zone 1 is designed as the point where the universe was created. The group flags, in five colors, make the pedestrian overpass a gorgeous symbol of the beginning of the universe. 

The flags by Korean calligraphers are located along the road that leads to the event place from the pedestrian overpass. These special flags were created to celebrate this event and wish for a successful 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM. Created on six-meter-long fabrics, this will be a precious chance to enjoy the work of master calligraphers. 

Another visible feature at the access square of Nanjicheon Park is a dome-shaped structure. A great number of little flags will be increasingly added to this great dome throughout the event, as visitors create their own flags featuring their wishes. The dome is to produce the brilliant sight of thousands of flags fluttering in the wind. 

2) Zone 2: 100 Korean traditional flags

? theme of the zone : Five Thousand Years' Breath

Korean traditional beauty can be appreciated on the 600-meter road from the entrance of Nanjicheon Park to the Central Square. This zone, named " The Five Thousand Years' Breath," implying 5,000 years of Korean history, contains 100 traditional flags with unique designs, such as honor guard flags, military flags and folk flags that show the spirit of Korean ancestors. That is why this part is highly recommended to everyone, besides being a chance to appreciate and learn about art.

3) Zone 3: 200 overseas artists' creative flags

? theme of the zone : Peace and Coexistence

Here approximately 200 creative art flags from around 45 countries will impress you, including the 32 nations taking part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM finals. 

The “international creative art flags" at the Wild Flower Garden and the Picnic Zone represent diverse areas such as Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and North/South America, each with its own artistic features. This will be a rare opportunity to appreciate new styles of contemporary painting from around the world. 

4) Zone 4: Environmental installation works

? theme of the zone : The Rediscovery of Nature

On the way from the traditional flag zone to the Central Square, at the downhill, there is an artificial pond named Duck Pond. This is the only place in the 2002 Flag Art Festival that visitors can observe environmental installations by nearly 30 Korean artists which reflect their new styles. 

5) Zone 5: 250 domestic artists' creative flags and grouped flags 3

? theme of the zone : Desire of New Millennium

After your appreciation of the exhibition for the environment, when you go on your way further hill, you will be amazed at the first sight of the Central Square. This is the highlight of the event, an exhibition of domestic flags. Works by 300 artists will be displayed along the outer part of the platter-shaped Main Square. From young artists in their mid or late 20s to leading artists over 60 years old, the distinguished domestic artists will present various styles of drawing through their flags.

Meanwhile, an area at the rear end of the Central Square will be transformed into a huge shape of a ship, which will draw the attention of visitors. Dozens of flags will flutter in the form of a ship, and another large flag at the bottom of the ship will represent waves. At night, it will be illuminated with bright light. Just like the zone for the nearly 200 flags by overseas artists, this area will certainly be a place for valuable learning about contemporary paintings, pictures or drawings with different materials and methods.

9. Programs for Visitors' Participating

·"Say Your Wishes on Flags" : to write one's wish on a flag in various color and install to the group flag(event office 1, Access Square)

·Environmental Wall Painting : Standing exhibition, to draw on fabrics in various color or on MDF and stick it to the prepared wall(event office 2, Main Square) 

·"Cut Your Own Wood Print" : Citizens can learn and make their woodcut print of the image related to the environment (the marquee, Main Square)

·Pin Wheels Making : to make pin wheels, in use of things for recycling and install them at the children's playground near the Main Square (the marquee, Main Square)

·Dye and install flags : to make flags by sticking color papers or pressing leaves of trees or flowers on fabrics(event office 1, Access Square)

·"Image of Seoul" : Contest for Children, to the image of World Cup Parks, Han River or Seoul in free style and award prizes to the selected works, with Mothers

10. Special Events

1) Italian 25 poem artists group's opening cocktail party

2) Singapore flag art group's event festival 

11. Artists to participate in this festival, about 500 artists

? domestic invitee artists

: Around 300 representative Korean artists that cover the senior, intermediate standing, or young rising artists such as Kim Jae-hyeong, Kim Chun-hong, Park Gwang-jin, Suh Seung-won, Oh Kyeong-hwan, Woo Je-gil, Yoo In-soo, Lee Bahn, Lee Doo-shik, Lee Joo-young, Lim Geon-woo, Lim Hyo, Je Jung-ja, Cho Soo-ho, Cha Dae-yeong, Ha Chul-kyeong, Hong Jae-yeon, and so on. 

? overseas invitee artists

: Around 200 representative artists for each countries that cover David Hull (Australia), Peter Kuckei(Germany), Marco Nereo Rotelli with 24 poem artists group(Italy), Nora Iniesta (Argentina), Noe Luis Felipe(Argentina), Dias Antonio(Brazil), Hiroyuki Shindo(Japan), and artists who has participated in the Venice Biennale or the Sao Paulo Biennale, and so on.

12. Committee of Directing

? Chief executive : Gang Hong-Bin(vice mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government)

? Member

- Pyo Jae-soon (chief director of council, Sejong Culture Center)

- Yoon Jung-sup (professor, Korean National University of Arts) 

- Moon Chul (professor, Visual Art, Hong Ik University)

- Lee Won-il (artistic director, Media City Seoul 2002)

- Gang Woo-hyun (representative, IC Contents)

- Ahn Gye-dong (director, Dongshimwon Landscape Architecture Planning Office)

- Kim Young-taeck (executive director, Geonrimwon Landscape Architecture Cooperation)

- Cho Soo-dong (director, cultural events for stadiums)

- Chung Gang-hwa (professor, Kun Kook University)

13. Commiitte of Arts

? Chief executive : Gang Hong-bin(vice mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government) 

? Member

- Pyo Jae-soon (chief director of council, Sejong Culture Center)

- Yoo Joon-sang (director, Seoul Art Museum)

- Yun Myoung-ro (former professor, college of fine art, Seoul National University)

- Oh Kyoung-hwan (dean, faculty of fine art , Korean National University of Arts)

- Yoon Jeong-sup (professor, Korean National University of Arts) 

- Yoon Woo-hak (president, Korean Art Critics Association)

- Moon Chul (professor for visual art, Hong Ik University)

- Kim Young-ho (professor, Chungang University)

- Kim Bok-gi (executive editor, Art in Culture)

- Kim Mi-jin (vice director, Youngeun Art Museum)

- Lee Won-il (artistic director, Media City Seoul2 002)

14. Committe of Domestic Commissioners

? Go Chung-hwan(art critic)

? Park Il-ho(art critic/director, Daejeon City Museum of Art)

? Yoon Ik-young(art critic/professor, Changwon National University)

? Oh Se-gweon(art critic)

? Lee Sun-yung(art critic)

? Lee Jae-un(art critic/director, Sun Gallery)

? Lim Chang-sup(art critic)

? Cho Eun-jeong(art critic)

? Han Jae-joon(professor, Seoul Womens' University)

15. Committe of International Commissioners

? Paolo De Grandis (president of Arte Communications/ general director of OPEN 1998-2002/commissoner for the Venice Biennale 1995-2003, Italy)

? Jorge Glusberg(director, Museo Nacionale de Bellas Artes, Argentina)

? Esperanza Martinez(curator & member of consultative committee, European branch of Colors and Sounds Agency, Chile)

? Ichiro Hariu(president of Japanese Art Critic Association/curator, the 3rd Gwangju Biennale, Japan)

? Anthony Bond(vice director, The Art Gallery of New South Wales /former director of Sydney Biennale, Australia)

? Chang Tsong Zung(director, TZ Hanart Gallery/former commissioner for the Sao Paulo Biennale and the Venice Biennale, China) 

? Ute Meta Bauer(co-curator, Kassel Documenta 11, Germany)

? Yin Jinan(professor, Central Academy of Art, China)

? David Hull(professor, University of Western Sydney, Australia)

? Shin Hang-seoup(art critic, Korea)

? Ahn Jin-og(former chief editor for Argentina branch of Hankook Ilbo/ curator for Latin America section, Korea)

? Chang Kyoung-hwa(curator, Gwangju City Art Museum, Korea)

? Arata Tani(director, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan)

? Alison Carroll(director, Asialink centre, University of Melbourne, Australia)

? Alexander Bassin(director, Mestna Gelerija Lujbliana, Slovenia)

? Angel Kalenberg(director, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Uruguay)

? Wladyslaw Kazmierczak(director, Castle of Imagination, Poland)

? Prince Dube(curator, Johanesberg Art Gallery, South Africa)

? Zelimir Koscevic(senior curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Croatia)

? Lee Gyeong-sung(former director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea)

? Oh Gwang-soo(artistic director, the 3rd Gwangju Biennale/director, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea) 

? Yoo Joon-sang(director, Seoul Art Museum, Korea)

? Yoo Jae-gil(artistic director, Seoul Arts Center/Professor, Hong Ik University, Korea)

? Park Lae-gyeung(former curator of the National Museum of Contemporary of Art, Korea) 

? Yoon Woo-hak(president, Korean Art Critics Association/Professor, Chungbuk University, Korea)

16. Executive committee

? President, Kim Hae-gon (president, 21C New Generation Artists Association, Korea)

? General director, Choi Moon-soo(executive director, 21C New Generation Artists Association)

? Artistic director, Yoon Jin Sup(art critic/professor, Honam University)

? Commissioner, Chang Yoo-ho(member, board of directors, 21C New Generation Artists Association)

2002 Flag Art Festival Executive Committee

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