Alternative Space LOOP
In 1999, Alternative Space Loop kicked off as the first nonprofit exhibition space ever in Korea. For the past nineteen years, Loop has carried out innovative and experimental artistic practices to foster contemporary art and culture at home and abroad. The highlights of its activities are as follows: Loop aims to share the circuit of contemporary art and culture with citizens by discovering talented and experimental artists with promising potentials as well as vigorous exchanges with internal and external art worlds. On top of that, Loop has continuously sought multidisciplinary ideas and practices with the object of making a contribution to the advance of alternative art in Asia.
As of 2018, Alternative Space Loop makes a fresh start as a nonprofit cultural organisation. The board of directors is composed 9 steering committee members and 80 members who are active in arts and culture scenes in Korea. It is different in nature with elite art for a minority interest. Loop intends to play an active role as an arts organization that engages the public at a community level, instead of becoming exclusive possession for elites. The space seeks to share thoughts about social issues through reasoning what is implicit in artworks, rather than aspiring cultural power. Loop, on behalf of the first generation of alternative spaces in Korea, hopes to forge an alternative system for existence in the neoliberal era. Loop will build its own system to nurse liberty and imagination of art, refusing to become a tool for political ends or economic activities by a small elite group.