After six-plus months of dirtying the floors at Hongdae’s most well known den of iniquity, EXIT, house and bass enthusiasts SILK/JUICE will take their next party to Col.l.age+, a new multi-use arts and performance space in Cheongdam run by noted Korean sculptor Jang Seung Hyo. Titled (CLOUD9) in honor of the celestial décor – all crafted by Jang – that currently covers the venue, SILK/JUICE residents Rob McCall, Zach H and Trashvortex will join Seoul scene fixture J-PATH on Saturday December 8th from 10pm to 4am for a FREE night of jams, drinks, dancing and other assorted debaucheries.

To introduce and learn more about this new venue, Zach H was able to grab Jang Seung Hyo and briefly discuss the past, present and future of Col.l.age+.

Q: First off, please describe Col.l.age+ for our readers. How do you envision this space?

A: Col.l.age+ is a name that actually represents different forms of art coming together. Some would say that Col.l.age+ is a type of experimental project in which we hope to bring all things considered Art into one creative space. What with the many different types of art forms, such as music, art, design, architecture, performance, fashion and etc., any type of collaboration with more than one of these art forms often proves to be tricky because there are so many variables. Herein lies the experimental nature of this project. We hope to make Col.l.age+ more of a multi-faceted experience rather than just another art gallery; a place where the audience is not only there to look, but where we can retrospectively view Col.l.age+ through the creative minds of the audience as an invaluable source of feedback.

Q: What was the motivation behind opening Col.l.age+? How are each of you involved with the space?

A: From the mid 90′s I have had a lot of time to think about how I could mix up different genres of art. “Why must we define each and every thing into such a small box called genre? These terms itself seem to limit the endless possibilities of expression in art. Of course, my major is in sculpture, if I must be constrained to a specific genre. But I have always been passionate about and very much involved in several different areas of art throughout my career. In fact, years ago I was even in a rock band.

When you see it as a form of interaction between artist and audience, there really isn’t any difference whether it’s art or music or sculpture or any other expression of art. So… after many years, I finally decided to try and create an art space where different types of art could be fused together, often creating something totally different in the process. I was always driven by a deep desire to experiment, and there are many of these so-called experiments that I have yet to see happen. Many people have already shown a tremendous interest in Col.l.age+ and there are always new and fresh ideas bubbling up from the collective minds of those involved.

Q: Who else might become involved in the project and what will they bring to the space?

A: We at Col.l.age+ sincerely hope to see many different exhibitions and shows happen here. We are constantly meeting with up and coming artists and leading art directors from various social and artistic circles in order to discuss new directions and artistic experiments. There are always ideas, new directions to take, attempts to do things that haven’t been done before. And then we brainstorm about how to make these ideas happen. That said, once an idea has been chosen, there are further meetings that decide the overall direction of the project and who would best be suited to carry out this vision to fruition.

Q: How long has Col.l.age+ been operating and what kinds of events has it hosted thus far?

A: Col.l.age+ first opened on September 21st, 2012, with my own exhibition, entitled “Two Heavens.” The exhibition stayed on display for about a month, and then we made the transition into business as an art lounge. So far we’ve had six concerts that have included jazz and other types of musical performance, and we also had the privilege of hosting a dance battle at one point as well.

Q: How do you see Col.l.age+ evolving in the near future? What do you wish for the space to become five years from now?

A: Col.l.age+ will always strive to open a new realm of artistic fusion and hopefully birth a whole new generation of spaces run by like-minded people. Not only restricted to Seoul or even Korea, we would also like to extend our artistic influence to Busan and Jeju Island and hopefully see places like Col.l.age+ form overseas, thus enabling us to create opportunities to work with local artists and keep doing what we love to do, experimenting. We are hoping that in the next five years, the vision of Col.l.age+ will grow into something much bigger than an art gallery or art lounge. Something that can no longer be contained as a mere idea, but could very well burst forth into a movement. A second Renaissance, if you will.

More about Col.l.age+ and SILK/JUICE:

More about Jang Seung Hyo:

Empty Kingdom

Korean Eye

Korea Tomorrow 2012

Q: 먼저, 저희 독자들에게 Col.l.age+를 설명해 주세요. 이 공간이 만들어지기까지의 비하인드 스토리가 무엇이죠?

A: ‘꼴라쥬플러스’는 하나의 예술융합공간으로서의 브랜드 네임입니다. 우리가 예술이라고 생각할 수 있는 모든 장르의 예술을 한데 어우러질 수 있도록 융합할 수 있는 실험실이라고 할 수 있겠죠. 가령 음악과 미술, 디자인, 건축, 공연, 패션 등의 서로 다른 장르의 예술들을 한 공간에서 연출하며 공감각적으로 예술을 받아들이거나 참여할 수 있게 실험하는 겁니다. 여러 독자 분들의 무한 상상력이 동원된 의견들이 ‘꼴라쥬플러스’에 반영될 수 있다는 것 또한 요구됩니다.

Q: Col.l.age+라는 공간을 열게 된 동기는 무엇이며, 정확히 어떤 방식으로 운영을 하고 있나요?

A: 전 90년대 중반부터 예술의 섞임에 많은 생각들을 하고 있었습니다. ‘왜 예술에 장르의 구분이 있을까?, 이러한 구분들이 예술의 다양한 표현에 한계를 설정하는 것은 아닐까?’ 하는 의문을 늘 품고 있었습니다. 물론 저의 전공은 미술 중에서도 조각입니다. 하지만 전 늘 다른 분야의 예술인들과 늘 교류하고 있었습니다. 저 또한 미술이 아닌 음악(락밴드)을 한 적도 있고요. 전 예술을 향유함에 있어서는 관객과 작가의 구분 또한 없다고 생각해 왔습니다. 그래서 오랜 고민 끝에 예술 융합 공간을 만들기로 결심한 거죠. 저 자신도 아직 경험하지 못한 실험들을 너무도 하고 싶었습니다. 지금은 이 공간에 관심을 가지는 모든 이들이 이 공간에서 펼쳐지는 예술에 참여할 수 있는 다양한 아이디어들을 생각하고 있습니다.

Q: 이 공간/프로젝트에 관여하는 분들은 각각 누구인가요? 그리고 그 분들이 Col.l.age+ 라는 공간에 각자 어떻게 기여를 하시는지 궁급합니다.

A: ‘꼴라쥬플러스’에서는 다양한 전시 또는 공연 기획자들을 만나기를 희망하고 있습니다. 예술의 각계각층에서 활동하고 계시는 기획자들과 늘 새로운 예술실험을 할 수 있도록 회의 하고 토론하고 있습니다. 그러면서 쏟아낸 다양한 아이디어들을 종합해서 최종 선택되어진 기획을 실천하는 것이죠.

Q: Col.l.age+는 운영하기 시작한 기간은 얼마나 되었으며, 이제까지 주로 어떤 종류의 이벤트를 주최해왔나요?

A: ‘꼴라쥬플러스’는 2012년 9월 21일 장승효의 개인전(Two Heavens)으로 문을 열었으며 약 한달 정도의 전시기간을 거친 후 아트라운지로 영업을 시작했습니다. 그동안 6번의 재즈와 다양한 음악공연을 하였고, 댄스배틀도 유치했습니다.

Q: 가까운 미래에 Col.l.age+의 발전방향을 어떻게 구상하고 계신가요? 앞으로 5년 후 Col.l.age+에 대한 비젼은 무엇인가요?

A: ‘꼴라쥬플러스’는 계속해서 새로운 예술융합을 시도할 것이며 제2 ,제3의 ‘꼴라쥬플러스’가 생길 수 있도록 공간을 늘려갈 계획에 있습니다. 서울뿐만이 아니라 부산, 제주도 등지에서도 ‘꼴라쥬플러스’ 라는 공간이 생기길 수 있도록 노력할 것이며, 그곳의 다양한 아티스트들과 함께 하기를 시도할 것입니다. 그리고 향후 5년 정도가 지나면 한국에서 뿐 만 아니라 해외까지 진출하길 희망하며 21세기의 새로운 예술 부흥운동으로서의 ‘꼴라쥬플러스’가 될 수 있기를 간절히 바랍니다.

Col.l.age+ is hosting SILK/JUICE DJs and J-Path this Saturday night, totally free. Find out more on the , including how to get to the venue.

Interview by Zachary Hooker. Listen to an exclusive mix by him especially prepared for (Cloud 9).

Translated by Grace Kwon