Active members of the Mullae Art Village in Seoul, Korea. Last night they shared their recent projects that were central part of the unique workings of the Action for Mullae Artist Network, a movement to sustain artists’ independence.
Mullae-dong, located in Seoul, Korea, is a small district that is known for a cluster of independent steel factories. Around 2007, artists started to move into the district for the cheap studio rentals. Now in 2020, there are more than 100 artists workshops, studios, small theatres, hybrid event spaces that are run by over 300 artists and craftspeople in the neighbourhood. The symbiotic relationship between the factory owners and the artists created a community of “Makers” of industrial goods and artistic works.
In the last few years, Mullae-dong has faced gentrification and the city’s urban renewal projects. At the danger of losing the self-structured system that they built, a number of artists spearheaded a movement to sustain their independence and formed the Action for Mullae Artist Network. Among the community of artists, Park Ji-Won and Choi Rayun are two of the main organizers for the network.