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Platoon Kunsthalle
Seoul
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE opened its doors on 11th april 2009. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is set up in seoul as a space for subculture in asia. its programmatic orientation towards cultural movements beneath the radar creates a dynamic space where new ideas are born and presented. the PLATOON europe headquarters in berlin was established in 2000. it runs diverse culture and communication projects in cooperation with an international community of 3,500 creatives from all different professions. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is not about entertainment. the program will provide a communication platform for anybody interested in subcultural creative fields like street art, graphic design, fashion, video art, programming, music, club culture, political activism etc. 2009년 4월 11일, 플래툰 쿤스트할레가 드디어 그 모습을 드러냈다. 서울 강남 한복판에 세워진 플래툰 쿤스트할레는 독일의 쿤스트할레 개념을 적용한 문화 공간으로, 아시아 서브컬처의 새로운 거점을 예고하고 있다. 플래툰 쿤스트할레의 뒤에는 플래툰이 있다. 이들은 2000년 독일 베를린에 유럽본부를 설립하고 활동하는 아트 커뮤니케이션 그룹으로, 전세계 3,500여 각기 다른 분야의 전문가들과 커뮤니티와 네트워크를 형성하여 다양한 문화 활동을 전개하고 있다. 28개의 컨테이너가 모여 새로운 형태의 건축물을 구성한 플래툰 쿤스트할레의 모습은 그 자체로 상징적인 의미를 담고 있다. 일상품 보관과 수송에 사용되고 구조가 가변적인 선박 컨테이너는 그 어떤 건축물보다 이동이 자유롭고 세계로 옮겨진다. 이는 기존 화이트 큐브의 고정된 미술관이 담아내지 못했던 다양한 문화를 자유롭게 소화할 수 있는 최적의 공간이 바로 이곳임을 보여주는 것. 플래툰 쿤스트할레에서는 전세계적으로 전개되는 흥미로운 예술적 화두가 제 시되고, 비판적 메시지가 반영된다. 또 일상 생활에서 쉽게 지나칠 수 있는 일들에 대해 문제의식과 논쟁적인 관계를 이끌어가는 현재의 공간이다. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is built of 28 iso cargo containers. as icons of a flexible architecture in a globalized culture, the stacked containers form a unique construction that can be rebuilt anywhere else any time.
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