Jeong Hye Kim

Earning a master’s in art history from Hongik University in Seoul and another in the history of art and architecture from Boston University, Kim is now pursuing a Ph.D. in the architecture history and theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture of University College London (UCL). After working as a coordinator for the main exhibit at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000, she headed an international cultural planning team for the industrial design company Alt-C and served as the latter’s first editor of Kim said she began her research on urban space after “witnessing how a city can lose its spatiality and placeness after culture and design were misused for business purposes and to create a city’s brand” while taking part in planning and research for projects affiliated with the Seoul municipal government’s “Design City” campaign for about 10 years starting in 2001. With a keen interest in the interdisciplinary domain of art, architecture and design, Kim focuses on issues of urban space and visual environment. After earning her master’s in architecture history in 2011, Kim has given lectures, conducted research, and edited and translated in Korea while pursuing her Ph.D. She took part in public research projects for national or city government organizations and performed curatorial program planning and research required to set up or improve art or design institutions. She also edited and translated art journals and workbooks for international exhibitions such as the Gwangju Biennale, Media City Seoul and noon. Kim’s translations include The Art-Architecture Complex by Hal Foster and Curatorial Discourse Practices, a collection of discussions on art theory by Boris Groys and other critics. Both works were published in Korean in 2014. She also translated Charles Jencks and Nathan Silver’s Adhocism, which discusses the liberating possibilities of improvisation as a design principle and was published in Korean in 2016. Kim’s doctorate research is on the theme of Nanjido landfill and park and urban ecology. Focusing on how the landfill was created, shut down and eventually transformed into a park as an example, she is studying how modernization and industrialization affect the processes of environmental and social waste treatment; how spatiality and placeness are lost as a space’s exchange value goes up; and ultimately how the site can be interpreted and defined from the perspective of urban ecology. Kim plans to continue exploring the relationship between humans and the (natural and artificial) environment with a focus on urban space, as well as the meaning of art, architecture and design within the environment. During her studies at UCL over the next two to three years, she plans to review art projects that interfere with urban space issues by using the UCL Urban Laboratory as a base, and continue to actively participate in exhibits, seminars, publications and teaching.

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