July 8,2022 / Exhibition: Experimental Landings
Governors Island, NEW YORK, NY, USA
Dongsei Kim's research mapping of the Korean Demilitarized Zone was selected as one of forty international works in the Experimental Landings exhibition, located at Nolan Park 14, Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture GAUD Outpost on Governors Island in New York City. Research assistant Elise Park (BArch '25) at NYIT assisted with the mapping. The exhibit, curated by Jonathan A. Scelsa, David Erdman, and Tulay Atak (Pratt Institute), engages “architectural images of land in the age of climate crisis,” and was open to the public from July 8 through September 1, 2022.
Experimental Landings is an exhibition that interrogates how designers assert agency through the representation, organization, and formation of land. “Landings” is thus intended to “activate” a familiar architectural term that recognizes the often binary and dissociated realms of site versus property, ground versus territory. By shifting the term from noun to verb, the exhibition seeks to reposition land as an active agent with a broader context, territory, and community. By exploring its “mediatric” potential a critical project may provoke and highlight land’s intrinsic ability to engage and inform broader socio-political and/or climatological consequences. Understood as an elastic and open-ended framework of consideration this collective exhibition of work will showcase how architecture and landscape experiments across “land” address new definitions of formal practice across several thematics including artificial earths, seeding resilience, imaging ground, and mapping maintenance.
533 Places: Tracing the Forgotten Places in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
This map sheds light on the forgotten 533 places within the Korean DMZ. The 250-km long and 4-km wide buffer zone has bisected the Korean peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Void of significant human settlement, a vast amount of vegetation and wildlife cover the DMZ. Often referred to as an"involuntary" park, many mischaracterize the DMZ as untouched nature, despite its anthropogenic origins. Nevertheless, the "533 Places" map traces and activates the memories and histories of the abandoned 486 villages, 13 mountains, 12 rivers, and two cities marked within the boundaries of the DMZ in the 1:50,000 Armistice Agreement map from 1953. This map challenges the dominant representations of the DMZ as a tabula rasa site. Furthermore, this research raises questions on conflict-induced arbitrary lines inscribed onto natural processes and people's daily lives that often cause long-term human suffering.
Link to the Exhibition (Pratt Institute)
Link to the Governors Island Event