BUSAN, South Korea – Tucked down a short alley, in the mountainous apartment and market-filled Jang jeong dong neighborhood next to PNU, a bohemian artist community has been growing. Since the independent art network group, “Funny Revenge,” created “AGIT Indie Art Space” back in 2003 more and more people have become involved.
AGIT exists in a graffiti-covered building that once accommodated a private kindergarten school, and appropriately enough for the creative minded, the old playground still remains in the yard as a piece of site-specific art.
Today the classrooms are stuffed with art studios, an exhibit space, a recording studio, and plenty of room to throw parties or events. AGIT attracts an eclectic group of local and international artists and culture-lovers who take full advantage of its free facilities and the chance to network with like-minded individuals from across the globe.
The word “Agit” is of Latin origin and it means ‘to set in motion’, ‘to do’, and ‘to act’. Though discussions do circulate on the correct pronunciation of the word, it is certainly fitting, as AGIT hosts outdoor concerts and parties, public art exhibitions, graffiti projects, fashion shows, freestyle rap events, as well as a local activist forums.
With the offer of free studio space AGIT has had countless artists utilize the venue, such as Jeon Junmo, Kin Seunghyun, Jin Sooyoung, Jung Haemin, SSADA, KAY2, and Ryu Hyunwook. The music studio has also been broken in by a full list of musicians ranging from Nachopupa, South Bay, Mama Sun, Genius, Lhasa, and the Psycho Rockets.
Every month there is a new exhibition at AGIT as well as networking parties, outdoor workshops and public art projects. Artist Residency is also available to foreign artists or those from out of town for up to a one month residency.
AGIT also supports various local cultural events such as the Busan independent film festival, the Asia Short Film Festival, the Busan International Performing Art Festival, Busan Biennale, the Youth Culture Festival, as well environmental conservation events and Anti-APEC movements.
If you haven't been there, then you really ought to go.
To get there: AGIT is a little off the beaten path. The easiest way to get there is to go to walk up the hill towards the mountains from Jangjeong Dong station until the road comes to a bend. Go right at the bend and then a left at the the Hill State apartment complex while walking up the base of the mountain. About two 500 meters past the apartment complex is a sign directing AGIT’s visitors down the rocky alley that the venue is nestled on. The following directions can also be used in a taxi from PNU or Jangjeong Dong station: ??? ???? (????? ???? ???? ????) ? ???.