Nine Dragon Heads


Nine Dragon Heads makes an attempt and stimulation to leave better heritage in the future from the environmental and spiritual viewpoint.    
Human beings have repeated development with enormous domination and control about environment. There is no doubt that human beings are superior in every respect.                                       


Thinking back to the past history, many species on the earth were exterminated because for some reason the friendly environment which helped their birth changed into hostile attitude.       
While mankind, the first species that had the ability of operating on surroundings, have got out of innumerable change of nature to some degree.    
But human has regarded the nature as the target of challenge and conquest, that is to say, as the subject of testing mankind's ability in the process of transforming and possessing the nature.       


Ultimately if we are asked a question when the mankind will disappear, we may answer "the day will not be far distant." No matter how peculiar men may be, we must deeply realize that men are also the product of appropriate environment and the part of huge nature.   


Can men lead a life with understanding and respect about the world of nature ?
Can men maintain a life peacefully and fairly for the long survival of mankind ? 
What decide this future of human is the mutual relation between human and human, human and circumstances.


NINE DRAGON HEADS changes close-minded 'I' into open-minded 'I' and urges to reconsider equilibrium relation between human and environment through the art holding in common human's infinite imagination, experience, and ideas.


NINE DRAGON HEADS joins various culture and unfolds international composite art.
We hope to have in common community consciousness and impulsion of the cooperation existed deeply in human's heart through these various forms.                                                   
Human beings who have single species of Homo Sapiens Sapiens have developed wide and diverse culture. we understand that the diverse difference of culture is the speciality of culture itself, not comparison or superiority.


NINE DRAGON HEADS expects to have a new understanding of human nature and world through the art as long as men. We anticipate that we can leave healthier environment-the heritage of future-to posterity through the curable function of art.


1. Exhibition Nomatic Party

Venue :ARKO MuseumExhibition Hall 1.2.

Period: 8th. August ~ 9th. September

Set up : 4th~7th.

Grand Opening : 7th. August . 17:00



Participating List : 26Artists from 14Countries

Ali Bramwell (New Zealand). Alois Schild (Austria). Baek Sung Kyun (Korea), Bruce Allan(UK). Christophe Doucet (France). Cibulka Heinz (Austria). Daniela Maddalena(Swiss), Denizhan Ozer (Turkey), Eugene Hansen (New Zealand), Gabriel Adams (USA). Gordana Andelic (Croatia). Jessy Rahman (Surinam), John Lyall (Australia). Jusuf Hadzifejovic(Bosnia), Lee Seung Taek (Korea)Lisa Benson (New Zealand), Max Buehlmann(Swiss), Park Byoung Uk (Korea). Paul Donker Duyvis (Holland). Philip Dadson (New Zealand), Sue Callanan (Australia), Susanne Muller(Swiss), Suzanne Bartos (Australia).Ursula Stalder(Swiss).YokoKajio(JP/AU).Yoo Joung Hye(Korea)

Liaison:Annelise Zwez(Swiss),Claudia Bell(New Zealand),Elisabeth Priedl(Austria),Gabriela Schild(Austria), kim YiSun(Korea)


1) Indoor : Visual Art (Installation,Objects,Video,Drawing etc) are most suitable this event. Artists Responsible for bringing suitable work and setting up their own work also you can make an art work or installation directly in exhibition hall during period.

Materials & Tools : If you feel you need special materials for your concept, Please discuss whether this

will be acceptable before you begin set up your work.

Please bring your own materials & tools. simple hardwere can be purchased easily.

Available Equipmet

l       Beam Projector - 4 ( include DVD Player )

l       Monitor : PDP-1 / LCD-2 / HD-1

l       Video Camera - DV6mm.(Sony ) -1  / HD (Sony) - 1

l       Sound System 

l       Internet WIBRO

Facilities :

Exhibition hall :  Dimensions : 470m2(140py).  Wall Height : 3940mm.  Ceiling Height : 5000mm


2) Ourdoor ( Around ARKO -Maronie Park )

Choose the working area freely.

If you feel you need special materials for your concept,

Please discuss whether this will be acceptable before you begin set up your work.



2. Grand Opening

Venue : ARKO Museum. Maronie Park

Date/Time : 7th. August. 17:00~


16:50~ Opening Music by Korean Ensemble ( 5 Traditional musicains )

17:00~ Open Remarks : Nine Dragon Heads & ARKO Director

17:30~ Performance

John Lyall & Claudia Bell . Phil Dadson, Heinz Cibulka, Jusuf Hadzifejovic

Jessy Rahamnn + Nine Dragon Heads Group


3. Opening Party

Venue : ARKO Museum. 7th. August. 18:00~

One of the Concept of Nine Dragon Heads. Each Artist responsible brings Wine, Ligueur, Cheese, Sweet….etc

That is speciality from their country and we will have party on Grand Opening Ceremony


Costume : Artists responsile bring own costume for Grand Opening - Kind of costume play



4. Conference

Venue : ARKO Museum - Seminar Room .

Period : 19th ~20th. August


-Artists to make presentations on their work (approx 10mins each) and free discussion of future topics

19th.17:00 ~ Ali Bramwell. Alois Schild. Bruce Allan. Christophe Doucet. Daniela de Maddalena.

                       Denizhan Ozer Eugene Hansen. Gabriel Adams. Godana Andelic. Jessy Rahman. Jusuf


20th.17:00 ~ Lee Seung Taek. Lisa Benson. Max Buehlmann. Park Byoung Uk. Paul Donker Duyvis, Philip Dadson, Susanne Muller. Sue Callanan. Suzanne Bartos. Ursula Stalder. Yoko Kajio, Yoo Jung Hye

Available Equipmet : Internet WIBRO . Beam Projector.


5. Document Exhibition

     Venue : ARKO Museum – Program Room

Period : 21th.August ~ 9th, September

Set-Up : 19th~20th.  

   Opening : 20th. 15:00 ~ 


- Document Show called “ 9 Dragons Archivings Room“

- Artists responsible for bringing suitable documents works from Silk Road and setting up their works

also you can make an art work or installation directly in a space.


6. Perfomance

Period: 7th / 20th. August

Venue : ARKO Art Center .- indoor & outdoor


7th. August  : Jonh Lyall & Claudia. Philip Dadson. Heinz Cibulka , Jusuf Hadzifejovic.

Jessy Rahmann + Nine Dragon Heads Group.

21th. August  : Phil Dadson. Gordana Andelic, Yoko Kajio, Paul D.D, Susanne Muller  


7. Open Air Symposium

Period: 8th~ 17th, August

Venue : Seoul – Urumqi   


Participating List : 22 Artists from 14Countries

Ali Bramwell (New Zealand). Alois Schild (Austria). Bruce Allan (UK). Christophe Doucet(France). Daniela Maddalena (Swiss). Denizhan Ozer (Turkey). Eugene Hansen (New Zealand), Gabriel Adams (USA).Gordana Andelic (Croatia). Jessy Rahmann (Surinam), Jusuf Hadzifejovic (Bosnia&Herzegobina), Kam Yeon Hee (Korea). Lisa Benson (New Zealand). Max Buehlmann (Swiss), Paul Donker Duyvis (Holland). Philip Dadson (NewZealand), Park Byoung Uk (Korea), Sue Callanan (Australia), Susanne Muller(Swiss). Suzanne Bartos(Australia). Ursula Stalder(Swiss). Yoko Kajio(Australia.japan),

Liaison : Annelise Zwez (Swiss), Elisabeth Priedl (Austria). Gabriela Schild (Austria). Kim Yi Sun (Kores)


Responsible for their own art works (Video, Drawing, Installation,Performance...etc) and can choose the working area freely during on journey ( 8th~17th. August).  Artist might works impromptu at the Silk Road because In the circumstances it would be difficult to find enough time to prepare work

Pao to Pao - Artists to make presentations on their work at own Jurt

Date/Time: 16th. August. 12:00~

Venue : Tian Shan Mt. ( Kazakh Village – Pao Tent )


8. Main Sites Along The Route

As the West met the East, Kingdoms were formed and battles fought.                 

Religions and social custom conflicted and merged. People intermarried and migrated. Religions spread, carrying along their great artistic achievement-sculptures, dances, songs and many others. Fascinating are those left over today. Numerous historical and cultural relics are telling us of their old glorious civilization. The Silk Road owns a total length of more than 7,000 km of which over 4000 km are in China.  The routes vary due to their different destinations in the west in the different dynasties. But there are three main routes: the north route, the middle route, and the south route The three routes should actually be considered as one route at the first part before they reach Loulan of Xingjiang, which is from Xi'an - Lanzhou -- the Hexi Corridor -- Wuwei -- Zhangye -- Jiajuguan -- Dunhuang -- Yang Guan (Yumen Guan) –Hami-- Loulan. The north route runs from Hami Loulan- Turpan - Urumqi - Yining - Yili -- west to coast of the Caspian Sea.

The middle route runs from Loulan -- Kuqa -- Aksu -- KashgarSmarkand west to Iran and to Rome along the coast of Mediterranean Sea. The south route runs from Loulan - Qiemo - Yutian - Shache -- south to India and Southeast to The direction of Afghan

Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital (under various names) of some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, the Sui, and Tang dynasties. Xi'an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and known as the site of the Terra –Cotta Army, made during the Qin Dynasty. The city has more than 3,100 years of history, and was known as Chang’an before the Ming Dynasty

Dunhuang is located in the west end of the Hexi Corridor of Gansu province, one of the well-known Chinese historical and cultural cities and a gem on the ancient Silk Road. It is an oasis town nestled in an irrigated cotton-producing oasis. About 25 km southeast of the town is the Mogao Grottoes which has 492 grottoes. The first caves are said to have been built by the monk Lezun in 366 and the last ones were carved out at the time of the Mongolian conquest in 1277. Other tourist attractions in Dunhuang are the Crescent Moon Spring and Singing Sand Mountain The oasis town of Dunhuang lay at a crucial junction of the Silk Road, ……

Taklamakan is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world, ranking 15th in size in a ranking of the world's largest non-polar deserts It covers an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the Tarim Basin, 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long and 400 kilometres (250 mi) wide. It is crossed at its northern and at its southern edge by two branches of the Silk Road as travelers sought to avoid the arid wasteland

Yang Guan ( Yumen guan) Here at the very edge of civilization was the very end of the Great Wall, although it actually ran to the north, ending at the Yumenguan, well to the north-east of Dunhuang
The traveller would pass through the fort gate and pass the final watchtower on the ridge...beyond? Nothing. Flat desert. A hard gravelly plain, baked in turn by the scorching summer sun and the evil cold winds of winter. This southern route would lead the traveller to Khotan and then up into the Karakoram Mountains towards Pakistan, leading his mule, horse or camel train loaded with spices, porcelain, silks, carpets......The other way came goods from South Asia, Persia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. From time to time, a religious man would come clutching paintings, scriptures telling of some mystical religion...Buddhism, Nestorianism, Christianity, Judaism. Buddhism would eventually become the longest-lasting import along this dusty path, and at Yangguan you can feel the history as little has changed over the years.

Hami is a section of the Gobi Desert that occupies the space between the Tian Shan system on the north and the Nan-shan Mountains on the south, and is connected on the west with the Desert of Lop..

Loulan is an ancient oasis town already known in the second century BCE on the north-eastern edge of the Lop Desert. Loulan, known to Russian archaeologists as Krorayina, was an ancient kingdom along the Silk Road. In 108 BCE, A 3,800-year-old female mummy (circa 1600 BCE), the first of a series of mummies now known as the Tarim mummies, was discovered in Loulan in 1980, indicating very early settlement of the region.

Turpan has long been the centre of a fertile oasis (with water provided by karez) and an important trade centre. It was historically located along the Silk Road's northern route, at which time it was adjacent to the kingdoms of Korla and Karashahr to the southwest and the town of Qarakhoja (Gaochang) to the southeast.……Turpan is located about 150 km southeast of Ürümqi, Xinjiang's capital, in a mountain basin, on the northern side of the Turpan Depression, at an elevation of 98 feet (30 meters) above sea level. Turpan's climate is harsh, of the arid continental type, with very hot summers, very cold winters,

Tian Shan range lies to the north and west of the Taklamakan Desert in the border region of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China. In the south it links up with the Pamir Mountains. It also extends into the Chinese province of Xinjiang and into the northern areas of Pakistan, where it joins the Hindu Kush. In Western cartography, the eastern end of the Tian Shan is usually understood to be just west of Ürümqi, while the range to the east of that city is known as the Bogda Shan.

Urumqi is a city where multiethnic groups of people live in compact of mixed communities. They are the Uygur, Han, Hui, Kazak, Mongolian, Kirgiz, Xibe, totally over 40 ethnic groups of people. The city's uniqueness, the strong colorful ethnic life styles and local customs are quite attractive to visitors. From architectural complex to family courtyards, from furniture to utensils, from food to clothing, from etiquette of the young to rituals of the old, from marriage customs to funeral rites, at all times and on all occasions, one senses a strong unique ethnicity


9. Details Schedulers


August  4th Arrival at Seoul ( Room Arrangement )

4th~7th. Set Up

7th 17:00~ Open Nomadic Party

8th 12:50 Seoul-Beijing ( by Airline )

18:30~ Beijing - Xian ( by Airline )

20:00~ Arrival at Xian

9th  09:00~ Check Out /  Visit Terra-Cotta Army & Qix Tomb.

        13:25~ Xian - Dunhuang ( by Airline)

        15:45~ Arrival Dunhuang

        19:00~ Visit Oasis Town, Moon Spring and Singing Sand Mt, ( by CAMEL )

10th 09:00~ Visit Mogao Cave ( by BUS / Camel )

14:00~ Dunhuang Yang Guan ( by BUS - 60min ) Cross to Taklamakan Desert.

18:00~ Back to Dunhuang Hotel

20:00~ Dinner at Old Saju Market.

11th Free Work

12th Free Work

        15:00~ Dunhuang –Hami – Loulaan ( by BUS - 7 Hours ) ..Through the Gobi Desert

        22:00~ Arrival at Loulan

13th 08:00~ Visit Desert Lop Nur “Kumtagh “ ( by CAMEL )

       10:00~ Loulan-Turpan (by BUS - 3 Hours )

       17:00~ Visit Kilzil Thousand Buddha Caves, Ancient City. Uyghru Ethnic Village.( by BUS )

14th 14:00 Turpan – Tian Shan ( by BUS- 2Hours ) . Through the Tian Shan Mt.Range 

       16:00~ Arrival Kazakh Ethnic Village … Sleep at JURT  

15th Free Work

16th 12:00~ “Pao to Pao” –Presentation

15:00~ Tian Shan - Urumqi ( by BUS – 1 Hours )

Visit Museum . Bazzar ..etc

17th 10:05 Urumqi -Beijing ( by Airline )

18:10 Beijing Seoul ( by Airline )

21:10~ Arrival at Seoul

18th Culture Survey

19th~20th 20th Conference & Set Up

20th 15:00 Open Document Show

21th Individual Deaprture