The three people who first met through participating in ITAC5 and have continued working in their respective fields, told us their stories on how interactions with others satisfy them.
Stillcut/ ⓒYongse An
- Yongse An
– Hodong Lee
Stillcut/ ⓒSoohye Jang
Stillcut/ ⓒHodong Lee
“Meeting people who understand my job lets me get confident about it.
That’s the reason to meet and discuss with others.”
– Soohye Jang
Q. We invited the three people from ITAC5 in 2020. Please introduce yourselves.
Hello. I’m Yongse An and I work based on interest in the lives of others.
I am Hodong Lee, a sculptor working as an arts expert at the Wolgok-dong Yaho Center for Youth Culture for 6 years.
Hello, I am Soohye Jang, a teaching artist who is inspired by intertwining fairy tale books with arts and planning performances.
An Yongse, The Night of TREES, 2021
Photo/ ⓒYongse An
Q. What are your thoughts on ITAC5?
ITAC5 was a lively and energetic festival to me, where various people were met and scattered back and forth, allowing us to unite and communicate.
ITAC5 in 2020 was a time to look back on myself. It was an opportunity for me to confirm that my path was right. It was comforting to realize that there are many colleagues from the same generation.
ITAC5 gave me a lot of comfort by allowing participants to meet international colleagues and building a consensus.
Yaho Center, Rolling blade rolled to Sangmu incinerator, 2021
Stillcut/ ⓒHodong Lee
Q. What changed, a year later since ITAC5?
This could be a bit of exaggeration, but I felt there is a new base of support for teaching artists and related practitioners globally. Therefore despite COVID-19, I think social and local interest in arts education and teaching artists has actually increased.
I practice upcycling activities to soften bodies and souls even for a moment, especially when many things are restricted due to COVID-19.
I was pregnant during the ITAC5. He's now 10 months old. COVID-19 definitely did make our lives more difficult, but there were some advantages to people having difficulty with moving and outdoor activities like me. Of course, even now, it is a struggle every day to take my child to work. But I still believe COVID-19 would be a big turning point for most people like it did for me.
Chaeknuna project, Big Future Child Care Center, 2021
Stillcut/ ⓒSoohye Jang
Q. Why do we need to interact?
Some people think that local and social issues should be discussed alone, but I think discussions become more powerful and meaningful when thoughts are exchanged. That's why I think interactions are essential and exchanging our thoughts is a very important element for self-development.
Playing to create loopholes in life and using the loopholes to recharge living power are crucial. I wish to have a national play show where all play experts, artists, and people from different genres all over the country come and play. I wish everyone can live a happy life full of laughter, absorbing playing with our five senses through our life, play, and arts.
I am doing the same thing as before, but these days, I focus more on how I can evaluate better. I am also playing a role in connecting various genres and fields. On the other hand, I am also working to make the arts scene more diverse.
The flexibility of our jobs often becomes the reason to question whether I am on the right track. Meeting people who understand my job lets me get confident about it. That’s the reason to meet and discuss.
He is interested in Creative Movement, Socially Engaged Arts, and Applied Theater, and wants to reflect the lives of children and youth based on drama. In addition, he is a field-oriented practitioner who seeks ways to coexist with the ecological community. He currently works in the field as an independent teaching artist.
He plans and runs upcycle projects that view spaces, people, and objects through the eyes of play and rediscover them to create playgrounds, toys, and friends one can communicate with. Active in the fields of arts, education, and play, he completed 12 upcycle plays called the 12 ssi project. Lately, his belly is getting bigger and bigger. He is conducting research for the jumping drawing project Jumping~ing.
A performing arts producer and researcher. Since 2013, she has led the Chaeknuna project, a non-profit organization that provides reading and arts education programs while practicing inclusive social arts and cultural education. She established 'Connected A' in 2021 for strategic partnerships with institutions and artists, continuing the activities necessary for the industry, such as planning, research, and international relations.
Instagram: @connecteda_official @producer_soohye
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