Production City Screening

As a part of Opening Event, Seoul Biennale 2017 presents the Production City Screening. Through three documentary films on production scenes of London, Shenzhen, and Seoul, Seoul Biennale shares the question on "What is the role of production in the city". 

The more information on three production cities can be found at the Cities Exhibition at DDP, and Live Projects - Production City at Sewoon Sangga, Changsin-dong, and MOTOElastico.

*The event is open to public. We welcome Walk-in guests.

London | London Made

London Made ⓒ We Made That

London is growing. Recent strategic thinking and research has revealed that London’s spaces of production are under threat. Housing need, land value pressures and technological changes mean that many industrial businesses are unclear of how they fit into plans for London’s future. As the city strives to achieve good growth that benefits its citizens, how can architects, urban designers, developers, planners and policy-makers sustain and support London’s strengths as a productive city?

London Made celebrates the people, processes, and places that make London a productive city. Looking behind the stage, London Made explores the “back of house” supply threads of one of London’s most distinctive cultural venues: the Barbican. Set makers, food and drink manufacturers, lighting specialists, and logistics companies are just a sample of the activity that makes London thrive.

Running Time: 16 min
Producer: We Made That
Film Director: Alice Masters
Partner Organizations: Mayor of London, British Council, New London Architecture and SEGRO

Shenzhen | HQB Notes

HQB Notes ⓒ Space Caviar

The notion of Shenzhen “speed” has led during the last 30 years to a way of thinking, learning, and operating the productive city. Today, this method includes a dispersed network of rapid making and logistics throughout the Pearl River Delta (PRD). In the PRD, design emerges from networked incrementalism, where diverse producers work in competition and collaboration, creating a collective and dynamic process of composing based on a highly efficient digital and physical infrastructure of communication and distribution. In addition, the culture of craftsmanship, the global shift to (free) market economy, and the economies of scale provide the context to the PRD method. HBQ Notes is the film on Huaqiangbei Electronics Market documents the marketplace of this system and its mode of learning. 

Running Time: 5 min
Producer: Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Martina Muzi)
Ongoing investigation into the design ecologies of the Pearl River Delta, as part of M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

Seoul | Parallel Scenarios

Parallel Scenarios ⓒ Jongkwan Paik

Industrial production in Changsin-dong, the core of the Dongdaemun fashion district, has declined in scale and quality. Seoul Biennale 2017 Project Seoul Apparel focuses on human component of the garment industry and its urban organizational potential. Consideration is given to a new industrial model of the cluster that can function in both a minimally intrusive context and as a catalyst for change. Young designers and freelancers called gaekgong (temporary workers) collaborate as users of the unit-factory, which contributes to their enhanced role within the community. The results of their coordination process are saved within this project space. .

Parellel Scenarios documents the process of exhibition Project Seoul Apparel. The film shows the evolution of the exhibition as a form of process, and make a more diverse set of scenarios possible within the area. This moving image records and transcends the exhibition, taking the narrative to a wider audience, highlighting how each participant meet the past, present and future of Changsin-dong.

Running Time: 30min
Producer: Jongkwan Paik
Joint Project of ‘UK/KOREA 2017-18’ Connected City, Seoul Design Foundation Sewing Industry Support Team