BTS have once again expanded their horizons into the world of art as they have just unveiled their global project ‘Connect BTS’.
Connect BTS aims to bring together people from different backgrounds into the shared appreciation of art in all of its forms. The website explains that the project aims to “redefine the relationship between art and music…the artist and their audience…artist with the artist.”
Connect BTS will take place in London, Berlin, Buenos Aries, Seoul and New York. Starting in London, the Serpentine Gallery is host to Catharsis, a digital recreation of an ancient forest by Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen. Fans can also experience the “virtual forest” online at catharsis.live.
Speaking on the decision to form this global exhibition, BTS stated “We speak different languages and come from multiple cultural backgrounds and have lived through unique life experiences…This project is especially meaningful to us because it truly represents diversity and creates a collective, positive message for the world that we value.”
The next venture in BTS’ career shows a clear shift from the stereotypical boyband image that many hold them to. After carefully deciding on 22 artists taking part in this exhibition, it is clear that there is a shared common ground between BTS and the chosen artists. The roots of many of the talents participating lay within the awareness of the environment, issues of gender and race, many of which are issues that BTS have been incredibly vocal about in the past through their UN speech and collaboration with Formula E.