Barim is a cross-genre collective of artists who are based in Gwangju, and a former Goshiwon (the smallest housing for students or low-imcomes), currently a media space, working studio, and open art district in Gwangju, Korea.
The members of the collective are varied in their genres such as visual arts, media art, performing arts, performers, painters, and traditional painters (Minhwa), and all of them are working site-specifically, highlighting old-Goshiwon rooms and building.
Barim aims to vitalize activities of local scenes of arts and cultures, to focus on “process-based” works beyond existing genres of the arts, to create a community of artists, local citizens, and audience, and to support cultural and artistic exchanges between local and international artists through artist-in-residence and research-in-residence. It also sets a goal to bring a communication between young and experienced artists, to intervene and transcend different genres of the arts, to emphasize amateurism perspective, and to focus on process and discussion rather than completion.
Goshiwon (capsule houses):
A goshiwon, only existed in Korea, is a small furnished room around 5 square meters that usually located in the middle of downtown. Goshiwon is the smallest house in Korea (probably in the world) that originally it was invented for students who would often live in for a number of months in order to focus on exams. Now Goshiwon, contemporary living space, becomes a space where the real life and contemporary culture/art encounter. The residency program is not to aim an artist-in-residence strictly programmed by Barim, but to aim a residency proposed and curated by artists themselves. It is also possible to work with high school students, collaborate with local artists, do workshops, and other various ways to reach to the community.