Updated: Friday, 13th September 2019 @ 2:25pm

'Puzzling' exhibition is first to be displayed in MediaCityUK's 'Egg' space

'Puzzling' exhibition is first to be displayed in MediaCityUK's 'Egg' space

By Ailsa Macmillan

The first art exhibition to be shown at Salford University’s ‘Egg’ space exhibits this weekend.

The University of Salford’s innovative public exhibition space at its new MediaCityUK building will present a series of video works by Junebum Park.

Park’s work incorporates video and collage to manipulate everyday situations and draws parallels between those taking part in the puzzles and how this reflects on society.

 “We’re really excited to be hosting Junebum Park’s Puzzle on the University’s impressive high resolution screen at the Egg,” said Kit Turner, the University of Salford Events department Exhibitions and Gallery Manager.

“We see a significant part of our role as to inspire our students and staff and the wider community by bringing examples of world-class research and practice to Salford.”

Junebum Park’s videos focus on the methodical and routine activities of everyday life from walking down the street to parking a car giving them a sense of humour and play.

Park shows us a world in which life is limited to a set of movements organised into a pattern or a game.

The Puzzle series explores these behavioural systems by involving a life-size board game and set of puzzles, which participants must solve using a series of calculated movements.

The series can have a serious underlying comment on our society and human relationships.

Park’s Puzzle series will be shown concurrently in its own projection space so that visitors can really engage with the piece.

Mr. Park, the artist, said: “The form of a puzzle captures sociality and human relationships, the small and large systems that exist and possible movements within them.

“The series of experiments confines people in the form of a puzzle and gives them a limited amount of freedom to move according to the rule.”

Ms Turner explained: “His playful handling of everyday life through his videos mean his work is accessible and fun.”

Junebum Park has exhibited internationally and is an artist recognised the world over for his unique approach to video work.

Park has exhibited work in Korea, with recent exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design and the Contemporary Urban Centre at Liverpool Biennial.

Park is currently showing his work at Nam Jun Paik Art Centre as part of the TV Commune exhibition.

Puzzle is part of Asia Triennial Manchester, a vibrant and exciting showcase of current contemporary visual art from Asia that brings together 40 artists, from 13 different countries to exhibit across 17 venues across Manchester and Salford.

Ms. Turner said: “We felt it was important to be involved in the triennial, and extend its reach to Salford Quays, and those who study, work and live here.

“Junebum Park, as an artist of international acclaim, working with digital media fitted well with our vision in creating a creative hub at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK building for the benefit of students, businesses and the wider community.”

Puzzle exhibits at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK from Saturday November 19 to Monday December 5.

The event is free and opening times are 9am to 5pm Monday until Friday and 12pm to 4pm on Saturdays.