Hyundai Artlab

Kimsooja: Archive of Mind

MMCA
2016
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series
Archive of Mind, 2016, exhibition view
Archive of Mind, 2016, exhibition view
© Cheolki Hong, image/video provided by MMCA

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2016: Kimsooja - Archive of Mind

July 27 2016 – February 5 2017, MMCA Seoul

About the Exhibition

Kimsooja’s nine pieces for the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2016: Kimsooja - Archive of Mind present an overview of her artistic realm. The participatory installation Archive of Mind ...

Kimsooja’s nine pieces for the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2016: Kimsooja - Archive of Mind present an overview of her artistic realm. The participatory installation Archive of Mind encouraged the audience in attendance to roll a handful of clay in to ball shapes to be placed on to a wooden table. Accompanied by the sound performance, visitors were invited to experience multiple levels of interaction – from experiencing the inherent properties of soil to altering its form into something particular while being joined by other visitors around the wooden table. This new sound performance titled Unfolding Sphere is an acoustic counterpart to the rhythmic constellation of the clay spheres. Kimsooja conceived of making clay spheres as a conceptual and meditative practice, inspired by the artist’s earlier concept of Bottari as a method of wrapping, and provided viewers with a forum where they could reflect. Shown in the museum’s courtyard, Deductive Object is a large ovoid sculpture on a mirror plinth. This work is inspired by the Indian stone Brahmanda, also known as "cosmic egg", signifying the birth of totality. In this elliptical work, a stone Brahmanda form is wrapped in an Obangsaek band of five traditional colors of Korea. It geometrically formulates the Bottari, which the artist has used since her early works signifying the human birth, growth and death, and reflects it through the mirror, symbolizing the origin and cycle of universe.

Kimsooja (born in Daegu, Korea, in 1957), for the past 30 years has addressed existential issues of self and others, and her work spans site-specific installation, performance, video and photography using sound, light and daily objects. For the last 30 years, Kimsooja has worked on a continuation of the artist’s early work with painting and re-contextualizing daily objects, actions, and urgent social issues such as migration, exile, and violence. The works presented at MMCA further her commitment to creating an encounter with the public and continue her early meditation on non-doing and non-making as a form of art practice. Her work is presented in museum collections including Seoul Museum of Art, and Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon and in recent years she has exhibited at ARKO Art Centre (2021),Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostelle, Spain (2021), Boghossian Foundation(2020), and Peabody Essex Museum (2019).