• 2018 1st AUO Artist
  • Park Boohri
  • Academy of Fine Arts Dresden, Visual Art, 3rd semester
  • Boohri Park is currently studying for a Meisterschüler degree at Academy of Fine Arts Dresden. Her diverse practice encompasses sculpture, site-specific installation, photography, video, drawing. The main interest of her practice lies in the relation and interaction between two separate spaces, and thereby architecture plays a big part in her work as an agent which defines a space and shapes our perception and experience of a space.

Three doors

Media Arts / Performance

  • 2018
  • HD Video, without sound, 3:40, loop
  • 2016
  • HD Video, without sound, 6:07, loop
  • 2016
  • HD Video, without sound, 5:25, loop


"Three doors" refers to my other video work "Zwei Zimmer treffen sich (two rooms meet each other)(2016)". "Zwei Zimmer treffen sich" shows two separate rooms meeting each other in a form of cast plane of light on the wall of the corridor. This kind of cast light appears often in my work as the most abstract and reduced form of a space.
In the new work one sees the open door of my room casting a light and shadow between two doors on the other side of the corridor. As the ‘virtual' door opens and closes, it moves back and forth between two ‘real' doors.
Mina Cheon, Artist, Professor
Dear Park Boohri

I'm excited to be your mentor for the term.

Immediately I would like you to read Nick Kaye's "Site-specific art" especially the chapter on "Spaces" that highlights Michelangelo Pistoletto's Le Stanze 1975-76 installation of a room that was newly done each month, with each month's experience of the same space reflecting on the past and future room experience of the previous or upcoming month's install. You will see how the bare minimum change of space can greatly alter the experience of the audience and that perceptual cognition and that it is based on spatial and temporal comparisons of conditions. This does include specific use and absence of light of course. The chapter (as well as the introduction) will give you greater theoretical framework and context to how architectural / installation spaces can become highly performative and the meaning of virtual reception. Will you take a look? I think it will add the kind of analytical depth you need.

Also, the idea of an empty space is laden in Eastern philosophy and especially Buddhism. Might you consider the cultural implications of the way you create illusions and transience of space, in between its formation, abstraction, presence and absence? And, how about masculine versus feminine gendered spaces in architecture, what are those, why are they defined and blurred, and how do they relate to gender and identity that can also be categorized in spatial experience, reiterating structures and conditions of society? Beatriz Colomina wrote about public and private spaces as gendered spaces, she also researched the relationship between media and home and media in the home as well as home in media. Perhaps, there is something to learn from her work as well. It is important to connect to engaged and embodied meaning of space, since architecture and installation are for and related to people, even with the greatest form of abstraction since modern architecture and sculpture used abstraction to a point of becoming a hegemonic and masculine language, which is not what you are doing. There is something provocative about the way you work with space, light, and abstraction that is transient and multiple, and perhaps feminine whether or not you full recognize it yet.

I hope this helps as a start. For the next round, it will be helpful to get a fuller project / exhibition / work description that includes the description work in details as well as your inspiration and contextual and conceptual development worked in your artist statement, please do include a more hefty text to support your work.

Thank you, Sincerely Mina Cheon
Jung Hyun, Art Critic, Associate Professor, Independent Curator
박보오리 작가는 비물질적 방식을 통해 공간과 감각의 관계를 탐색합니다. 특히 빛을 매개로 물리적 공간을 연결시킨다는 개념은 시적 은유를 넘어 공간을 접어 (folding space) 가변적 상태로 전환하려는 의지로 보였습니다. 이는 곧 형태와 부피를 가진 공간의 개념을 빛의 개념으로 바꾸어 메신저로서의 빛을 무한의 공간으로 확장시키는 기제로 보기 때문인 것 같습니다. 현재 업로드된 영상 작업은 작업에 관한 가설로 보이는데요. 느린 호흡이 만들어내는 긴장감과 개념적 논리가 잘 연동되어 보입니다. 이제는 조금 더 적극적인 시도가 필요할 것 같군요. 빛이란 매개체, 새로운 차원을 열어줄 기제가 실제로 어떻게 확장될 지 보고 싶습니다.

Park Boohri explores relationship between spaces and senses through a nonmaterialistic way. Especially the concept of connecting physical spaces using light seems beyond poetic metaphor and like a will to convert it into changeable condition by folding spaces. I think it’s because you see it as a mechanism of expanding light as a messenger to the infinite space by changing a concept of place that has a shape and volume into the concept of light. The uploaded video seems like a hypothesis of your work. The logic of the concept and the tension created by the slow respiration seem to interconnect well each other. I think it is a time for more aggressive try. I would like to see how light as a medium, a mechanism for new dimension can be expanded in real.
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