Art and design museum Triennale Milano is launching its “Year of Play,” a multi-disciplinary project that will explore the nature of play and games in all forms over the course of a year. Kicking off the interactive series is South Korean artist Koo Jeong A’s fully-functioning skatepark, titled OooOoO. The site-specific installation, which was curated by Julia Peyton-Jones and Lorenza Baroncelli, is open to the public now.
Designed specifically for the Galleria on the ground floor of Triennale, the skatepark is completely covered in glow-in-the-dark paint and turns fluorescent green as the lights change. Music by Koreless, an electronic music producer based in Glasglow, animates the space; the melody interacts with the installation, creating an immersive and multi-sensorial experience for the viewer.
Since the 1990s, Koo has transformed traditional spaces with her participatory installations. This time, OooOoO brings the public together to solidify bonds and build community, as all visitors are able to enter the track or book a session through the Triennale.
The importance of skate culture to the museum is realized in the Triennale Milano Academy of Skateboarding, which was recently created to be “the ideal meeting point between learning and having fun,” and to further “excite visitors and establish a unique relationship between the institution and its young guests.” As art has become more digitally accessible, Triennale Milano understands the need for cultural institutions to invest in new interactive experiences for visitors, while utilizing their current exhibition spaces.
Take a closer look at OooOoO in the gallery above and head over to Triennale Milano’s website for more information on upcoming exhibitions for the “Year of Play.” Koo Jeong A’s installation will be on view to the public from now until February 16, 2020.
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