Bring Your Own Ghetto Blaster Vol V: Rock, Scissors, Paper
05/15/2010, Seoul, South Korea
A public space intervention and an open invitation for collaboration, or in the better words of Eric Davis:
On May 15th, after two weeks of wheatpasting and a guerilla flea-market earlier in the day, a bunch of friends came together for a party under the Sogang bridge. Chad Burton (of xoxokids.com) had already put on shindigs down there, so the kalmont family thought he might like to join us. After an unusually long winter, pleasant weather had finally come to Seoul and a spring soiree in a concrete drainage basin by the Han River seemed like the perfect way to celebrate.
As far as street art goes, Seoul is still in the infant stages. On the other hand, the places that would be crowded with crackheads in the west are all perfectly barren, just calling for us to come and make a mess. A bunch of people helped prepare for this. Besides art from Chin Chin, Tilman, Lenny, Jamie, Alysia, Rachel, Klara, Hugo, Steve, and myself, Kanghee took many of the photos you see. Chad brought the boombox and gathered the party supplies. Rachel, Jamie, and Lenny designed the flyers and made the masks. Tilman and E provided music through a megaphone lent by Platoon Kunstalle. And when the cops came, Kanghee and Soomi charmed them and convinced them we were harmless.
There were surprise performances, too. Inside the dark tunnel something came together with a violin, didgeridoo, candles, and those animal masks. And a dance troupe in ripped tights and black skirts, that, unbeknownst to me, had been practicing all week just to show up and dance for us.
There were no fights and, except for the art that’s still there, no debris was left behind. All that’s left is a good feeling about what can happen when we work with our friends.