May 20 through July 1st, 2011

The Periscope Project

300 Block / 15th Street / Downtown San Diego

Contact: Chuck Miller

The Periscope Project for Art + Architecture will present Public Intersect: Anyang

Redux from May 20 to June 24 2011. Simply, the exhibition will showcase graduate

student responses to the thematics developed by professor Kyong Park in his role as

director of the 2010 Anyang Public Arts Project (APAP 2010). Yet the exhibition

emerges not via typical institutional hierarchies (Institution > Curator > Artist), but from a

set of informal dialogs forming a horizontal nexus of agents. This dynamic will hopefully

become analogous to the relationship of the exhibition space to its content: moving

beyond a simple showcase, The Periscope Project seeks to provide a platform upon

which to test the relevancy of hypothetical aesthetic responses outside of their native

institutional framework.

Sybil Wendler, the exhibition’s original organizer, encapsulated the thematics of APAP

2010 as follows. “APAP 2010 begins the artistic and polemic discourse about the

current on-going erasure of the older architectonic landscape in cities throughout South

Korea. The destruction and rebuilding affects the ideation of time and memory of the

vanished spaces by creating a compressed temporality for the transient population that

inhabits the newly built neighborhoods and commercial centers. Continuing this thread,

APAP 2010, as a municipally funded project, attempts to mediate the breakage

between history and place, residents and memory that occurs with redevelopment.”

In the winter of 2011, Park prompted graduate students to produce a hypothetical

project responding to the core problematic of the APAP 2010: what is at stake,

culturally and politically, as redevelopment initiatives erase the spatial referents of


A loose consortium of the students, Park himself, and The Periscope Project, has

challenged the “hypothetical” nature of the initial prompt, symptomatic perhaps of the

brevity of an academic quarter, and UCSD’s sprawling remove from any notable urban

coherency. Via The Periscope Project, these projects have the opportunity to engage

with urban narratives outside of the UCSD ivory tower, where new resonance between

the otherwise disparate locales of Anyang and San Diego, or between The Periscope

Project and the APAP 2010 initiative, comes to the fore. But this is only half of the


The artists represented in Public Intersect have their own voices and their own

agency, to respond to the initial prompt with embrace or rejection, or a critical

balancing of the two. Platforming the results, new tangents, critical perspectives, and

material realizations enrich the dialog. The emerging program at Periscope attempts to

triangulate a dialog between the artists / students, the prompts of their pedagog, and

the analogous problematics that APAP and The Periscope Project confront.

The exhibited works themselves present a broad spectrum of approaches. From

Jamilah Abdul-Sabur’s choreographic / sculptural response to Anyang’s Manan Bridge,

to Misael Diaz’s protracted collaborations with Tijuana street vendors proximate to the

redevelopment of San Ysidro’s Port of Entry, to Josh Tonies’ designerly / dystopic reimagining

of San Diego’s Horton Plaza, Stephanie Lie’s conceptual paralleling of

Lagoon preserves in north San Diego County with Anyang’s water parks and artificial

creeks, and Sam Kronick’s playful appropriation and application of American suburbia’s

mediated artifacts. The projects operate as visual object lessons working across formal,

representational, poetic, technological and conceptual registers. Such will set the stage

for dynamic conversations to follow.


Friday, May 20 / 7 – 10PM

The Periscope Project / 300 block of 15th Street

PANEL DISCUSSION with Kyong Park, Teddy Cruz, Featured Artists and The

Periscope Project

Wednesday, June 8 / 6pm