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Semi Art Community Project: Boogie Woogie Museum
Group Exhibition Ulsan Art Museum, Ulsan, Korea
Date: 06.08, 2023 - 09.03, 2023

Artists: LIN Aojie 林奥劼 | 

Ulsan Art Museum is hosting 《Semi Art Community Project: Boogie Woogie Art Museum》, a follow-up exhibition of last year’s one with the same title, gathering diverse disciplines, genres, generations and countries.

This exhibition, particularly, invites multiple independent curators of different genres, generations and countries to show their curatorial ideas through a wide range of forms including painting, cult video, sound art, drawing, moving image, sculpture, metaverse, photography, fake-documentary, mural, and performance.

This exhibition will give you an opportunity to discover the site of horizontal infusion of art and its sharing unlike the past when a clear hierarchy structure existed with high art opposing subculture. We would like to cordially invite you to the museum of public and common that dismantle the power and authority of the existing museum—quasi sanctuary full of aestheticism.

Lin Aojie’s video work “Starbucks Left” is featured in the exhibition section curated by Chao Jiaxing, titled "Two Stops after Golden Tea Room: the Political Dimension of the Coffee Salon/Chakan of the last century and Coffee Service After the Pandemic".

In Japan, tea has become a religion of the aesthetic since the 16th century. The famous "Golden Tea Room" (incident) was the break-up between the tea masters Sen no Rikyū(千利休/せんのりきゅう) and the ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi (丰臣秀吉), actually the extreme of the "tea soup government policy" (茶汤政道) of shogunate.

As the first East Asian country to go through modernization, coffee culture has transcended lifestyles to dominate spiritual spaces, modeled from Parisian cafes "salons" and became popular, as many as 10,000 stores in Tokyo City at peak time, the first coffee shop in Japan called "Ka-Hi Chakan" (可否茶館).

Today, the coffee culture of 100 years ago has become a historical specimen. The more clean, modern and convenient coffee shops are popping up all over in South Korea, Mainland China, Hongkong, Taipei, and Japan. There is an interesting phenomenon that after the pandemic, coffee service emerged in a wide range of scenes far beyond traditional one; they are within clothing stores, barber shops, gallery, etc. becoming the physical vessels of exaggerated underemployment in lots of main cities in East Asia. As an unconventional, carnival-style infrastructure, or flow terminal.

Following my on-going researches and collective creations on rituals in East Asia, I built two plausible tea Room here with artist's creations to dealing with the issue of coffee service - the new political dimension.

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