Nine Dragonheads Environment Arts Festival 2004

CheongJu City and the Daechang Lake Nature Reserve, South Korea, 31 March - 15 April 2004

One bay of Daechang Lake One bay of Daechong Lake   (Wedding parties were common here)
We stayed in the village of Munei, adjacent to this view.

in Cheong-Ju Exhibition banner outside the Art Gallery

Ali Bramwell (New Zealand), 2
Alois Schild (Austria),
Andrzei Dudek-Durer (Poland),
Andreas Pytlik (Germany),
Athanasia Harilaos Kryiakakos (Greece),
Bill Zingaro (U.S.A.), 2
Chae, Myung-Sook (Korea),
Christophe Doucet (France), 2
Diek Grobler (South Africa),
Effie Vourie (Australia), 2
Erika Batdorf (Canada), 2
Gebhard Schatz (Austria), 2
Gu, So-Young (Korea),
Hayden Fowler (Australia), 2
Hayden Prujean (New Zealand),
Heiri Haefliger (Switzerland),
Horst Kiechle (Australia),
Jessy Rahman (Suriname / The Netherlands), 2
John Lyall (New Zealand),
Jozsef Biro (Hungary), 2
Lois (Australia),
Meredith Brice Copeland (Australia), 2
Morgan Showalter(Greece),
Muamer Cajic (Australia (Bosnia)), 2
Naomi Lamb (New Zealand),
Neil Berecry Brown (Australia),
Paul Cullen (New Zealand),
Retha Buitendach (South Africa), 2
Sandy James (Australia), 2
Shin, Yong-Gu (Korea),
Susanne Muller
(Switzerland), 2
Sonja van Kerkhoff (The Netherlands), 2
Ursula Stalder (Switzerland).

The number 2 links to another work by that artist

Everyone and some special guests, sponsors, and assistants
A larger view (82 kb). Click here + pull the bottom corner out to enlarge the view

Ursula Stalder

Hayden Fowler

Still from the video loop, Biosphere 1A. watch this on vimeo

Fowler's methodology involves the construction of elaborate sets in which he choreographs human and animal subjects, creating hyper-real video, photographic, installation and performance work from within these fictional spaces.

Fowler has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is held in a number of public and private collections. He is a previous recipient of the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, undertaking his year of study abroad at the Universitat der Kunst in Berlin, Germany.

He lectures in the Sculpture, Performance and Installation studio at COFA and is currently completing a PhD in Fine Arts

Naomi Lamb
(New Zealand)

dvd projection on the wall.

Theatre by

Diek Grobler
(South Africa)

Diek Grobler
(South Africa)

Three main characters in the choreographic piece told stories created from dream narratives collected from the artists during this festival.

Left to Right: White: The narrator (Marie), Red: The flamboyant mover with the broken leg (M). Black: the knitter with jagged movements (Retha).


Erika Batdorf (Canada)


On the wall is a row of small white house forms by

Muamur Cajic
(Bosnia / Australia)

Erika on the floor, Neil Berecry Brown's cloud forms on the right also on the floor; a wire shape on the upper right wall by Alois (Austria), that resembles the contours of European countries, and on the wall on the left, a row of small white house forms by Muamur (Bosnia/Australia).

Erika Batdorf (Canada)

performs on the floor.

Neil Berecry Brown (Australia)

Prints of cloud images laid on the ground.

Athanasia Harilaos Kryiakakos

in a traditional Korean dress made out of paper. She is carrying a brush and a block of black ink.

Jessy Rahman (The Netherlands)

three wood print hangings on the back wall.

Neil Berecry Brown (Australia)

Prints of cloud images laid on the ground.

Morgan Showalter (Greece)

Left: Video of women smoking by Morgan.   Right: snail on floor by stairs, by Sonja.

Ali Bramwell (New Zealand)

Detail of a series of drawings.

Sonja van Kerkhoff

performing Change is a Law of Nature


On the walls behind are drawings by

Ali Bramwell


and below prints by

Gebhard Schatz


An inland soul at sea, 19 hanging objects by

Sonja van Kerkhoff (The Netherlands)

Left to Right:

Bill Zingaro (U.S.A.)

(one of a series of Aluminium sculpture reliefs)

Hung Wood and Rubber sculpture by

Christophe Doucet (France)

Christophe Doucet (France)

More about Christophe >>

Andrzei Dudek - Durer (Poland)

Performance by

Jozsef Biro (Hungary)

with detail (below) from a painting series by

Meredith Brice Copeland (Australia)

on the wall.

This was a repeat of his performance, he first made at the 1996 Nine Dragonheads Festival. Here a member of the audience helped to sabotage his work by cutting through his celloptape roll with a knife.

Behind him is a detail of paintings by

Sandy James (Australia)

Retha Buitendach
(South Africa)

Gebhard Schatz (Austria)    

- Fire Drawings in Myung-Sook's Studio

Chae Myung-Sook (South Korea)

Incised hand-painted paper.

Stains and paint on paper. The first circle has 9 elements, the second 19, etc...

Some themes in her relatively minimalist work are: water, earth, seed, the soul, love, passion and fire. She works with paper, incising it, punching it, piercing it, etching or using other print techniques on it, embossing it, and painting on or staining it. Her use of precision and division is a means of meditation and research for discovering new forms.

Meredith Brice Copeland (Australia)

Bachelor of Fine Art, The University of Newcastle NSW Australia

Diploma of Fine Arts, Sydney Gallery School

She collected branches and bits of wood from around the lake, painted these white and laid them out into a grid.

Hayden Fowler (Australia)

Hayden Fowler is a New Zealand born Artist, based in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the UNSW College of Fine Arts (COFA) in Sydney, as well as an earlier degree in Biology.

Sandy James (Australia)

Muamer Cajic (Australia)

Muamer Cajic: 7 min talk about his work at the College of Fine Arts (Cofa) in Sydney
or view it on youtube.
Born in 1977 in Bosnia, Cajic completed his Masters in Fine Art at COFA in 2006.

Performance by Alois Schild involving Park (in red), the festival coordinator >>

Alois Schild (Austria)

Heiri Haefliger (Switzerland)

- Dragon Eggs

Bill Zingaro (U.S.A.)

Hayden Prujean (New Zealand)

Suzanne Muller (Switzerland)

Nylon frame-form extended out from a tree.

Suzanne Muller (Switzerland)

Performance: She ran towards the goal posts, took off layers of coloured clothing, caught the ball, kicked it back to Muamur, then ran backwards to a seat.

Andreas Pytlik (Germany)

The Green Card Project

Performance at a table on the street by Jozsef Biro.

Andreas made the most of a queue of Korean tourists waiting
for the bus to an ex-premier's estate.

Jozsef Biro (Hungary)

Jessy Rahman
(Suriname / The Netherlands)

Ali Bramwell (New Zealand)

Kelli Amanda Sharp (Australia)

A row of orange coloured coverings
over poles along a pier.

Lois (Australia)

She is talking about her sculpture of 7 slate lined mounds.

Work by

Kelli Amanda Sharp

is along the pier in the background.

Effie Vourie (Australia)

Shin, Yong-Gu (South Korea)

Sculpture by Retha (insect-like forms made out of found ojects + natural materials) and Sonja (8 metres of white silk decorate an abandoned sculpture).
Kelly's orange pole coverings can be seen in the distance.

Responding to the festival theme of Beautiful Garbage, Sonja went for a walk around the lake, and decided to hang 8 metres of white silk onto this 'art garbage'. The boat-form of branches is the remains of an unfinished work from a previous festival. Retha an artist from South Africa also responded to this 'leftover' by making a trail of branches that lead to the tail of one of her 'insectorphic' works beyond.

Installation/sculpture by Sonja van Kerkhoff
The Wedding by Sonja van Kerkhoff. I decided that my hanging or decorating was like marrying these 'remains' with the silk, and decided on a decorative association for "beauty" and hence the title: The Wedding. The decorative aspect of a marriage. More photos on my website

Erika Batdorf (Canada)

Performance where she crawled in snaking movement down and up the sand rolling and unrolling a long sheet, down to the water.

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