7 1/2(Seven and a half) is an art project which was started in 2014 by independent curator, Sunyoung Oh.
Project 7 1/2 seeks dysfunctional and unoccupied spaces, and creates new projects.
Project 7 1/2, starting with the theme "Art and Sub-consciousness" in 2014 and followed by "Senses" in 2015 and 2016, continues to talk about different ways to explore art. The two themes are linked in their observation of the functions and roles of art and artists in our society and in people’s lives, not from an aesthetic approach to art, but rather a socio-cultural one. The end result of this project may be useful to contemplate about the future directions of art and artists in our society and may provide for aesthetical interpretations; however, the intended emphasis is on the value of the process and the journey itself to arrive at the end results. When artists unexpectedly enter (or invade) a local community in our society, there will be interactions and consequences that may reflect our contemporary life. The reflection may offer an opportunity to explore the functions and roles of artists in our contemporary life, and shed light on what possibilities they may offer to our society and people's lives.
We are producing artistic value (or capital value) through the usage of capital (or through the usage of art). Moreover, we are adding more words and concepts in order to make that value 'more valuable.' However, in one part of our souls we possess the inconvenience arising from the emptiness caused by the damages made to the core value of art by these words and concepts attached because talking about art cannot be greater that seeing and feeling art.
Sometimes we get the experience of encountering a new world through artwork. These experiences are purely artistic that can be felt at a naked state where we have almost no future coordinates. These sensible states that cannot be captured through languages in unfamiliar spaces flashes like bright light when we encounter artistic values. However these pure joys of discovery are damaged every time through statute discussions or capital market values. When we try to understand art by positioning it in our knowledge base and institution, we easily lose the momentous feelings that approached us. Therefore, we ruminate whether we are not losing the joy of pure artistic feelings or try to reinvigorate or revive such feelings. During the progress we naturally derived the question, "what is artistic experience?" This is how the Project 7 1/2 was begun.
This project plans research and study the efforts of artists that made artistic experience, their life experiences, and anthropological unconsciousness as a method to delicately understand all of this. In 2014, the Project 7 1/2 processed total 8 lecture programs of <Anthropological exploration of art and unconsciousness>
We ask various scientific, philosophical, psychological, sociological, esthetical questions when interpreting and understanding art and we are accustomed to connecting. However, as mentioned earlier, the Project 7 1/2 focuses on ‘senses’ that progresses through artwork. Here we pay attention to ‘the issue of standpoint’ of artistic experience that can be sensibly achieved. We tried to criticize existing standpoints and to bring about ‘standpoint move’ through bumping in newly adopted standpoints. In other words, we pay attention to pre-recognition stage or senses of artistic precognition state and artwork that produces various standpoints made in the stage of intuition. We also aim to investigate how these senses spread within the capitalism society or artistic institution, in what type of art it coexisted. In other words, the Project 7 1/2 integrates delicate ‘senses’ that are shown through work of art, find and suggest as much various standpoints through experiencing art. These standpoints will be shown through sensitized experimental artistic union that is not easily consumed through discussion and knowledge. 'Senses' is extremely strong senses such as the clinking sounds of metal that is unexplored, pre-linguistic unable to return to its prior state.
Based on the continuous research and study during 2014 and through combination of artists via networking, the Project 7 1/2 in 2015 planned an even more developed plan. We planed to develop and realize actual art projects such as exhibitions and performances. On the meanwhile, the creative nature of the artists that has naturally networked through the 2014 project has individually become independent and freely diversified. Therefore, the 2015-2016 the Project 7 1/2 could expect an expanded shape through relieving genre standards by the form of combined state of mainly plan focused artists and sharing methodology. This is because we planned verbalizing the senses that they share within art.