B2Project is a gallery / cafe house in the quiet alley of Dahak-ro (Haehwa-dong), Seoul; next to traditional old houses (한옥) that are few left in that area. It’s owned by my friends, sisters. Its interior is full of different kind of lightings, large plant and the German vintage objects and furniture. The gallery is located in the basement and I’m planning to fill that space with interactive media art projects eventually.
Anna & I often use this lovely quiet cafe (with free wifi) as our design office & the owner always greets us warmly and we chat about daily stuff. I also admit that I got hooked to their cheese cake that has an ice cream filling. mmmmmmm~
Anna and I secretly want to keep this space only to ourselves since it’s really a rare gem in Seoul…. but, I believe in sharing and open-community & I would like to see this space beoming artists’ communial space. One weekend, I’ve invited media artists colleague from my research lab to introduce them to each other. Somebody once called me “Nokia – connector” — If I’m profiled as in “Tipping Point” by Cromwell, I would belong to Connectors.
Outside of the back alley, from the broad street, Dahak-ro may seem like a very caotic place, just like Time Square in NYC. This area is called ‘Theater District’ and you can imagine lines of people to watch all sort of plays, musicals and many bars and restaurants….drunk people. However, if you don’t mind walking deeper into the back toward hill, you will find artsy bars, cafe and galleries. There is also a Robot Museum. 🙂
From my childhood memory, Dahak-ro used to be a major place for college protesters. Yes, I grew up in a neighborhood not so far from here.