K-Pop stars BTS have announced Connect, BTS, a worldwide art project that will feature the work of 22 different artists.
The project will take place in five cities, starting in London. Additional installations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul and New York will open throughout the next few weeks. As seen on the project’s website, each artist received a personal invitation from BTS.
Word of the project first came about when Big Hit Entertainment released BTS’ comeback schedule for their new album, Map of the Soul: 7. The schedule showed the five cities and their respective dates. However, fans of the group—ARMYs—did not understand what Connect, BTS was.
According to the Connect, BTS site, the project “aims to redefine the relationships between art and music, the material and immaterial, artists and their audiences, artists and artists, theory and practice.”
The artistic director and curator of the project, Daehyung Lee, stated that the idea of solidarity helped fixate the project.
“We can connect with people at opposite ends of the world but we sometimes forget to communicate with our own neighbours or relatives. We are losing solidarity, we have forgotten how to communicate properly with each other.”
BTS will fund the project and feature work from artists such as Antony Gormley, Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Tomás Saraceno.
London’s Serpentine Galleries revealed the project’s first exhibit, Catharsis, which features the work of Danish artist Steensen.
“Catharsis draws on Steensen’s conception of ‘slow media’ whereby digital technologies can foster attention to the natural world and create new narratives about our ecological futures,” as described on the London page of the Connect, BTS website.
For those who cannot view the exhibit in person, they can view it via catharsis.live. It runs until March 6.
BTS’ new album, Map of the Soul: 7 comes out on February 21.