Kimsooja: Archive of Mind

When 22 Jun 2019 - 19 Jan 2020
Where Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
United States
Enquiry 978.745.9500

Kimsooja’s work transforms simple, everyday actions into moments of meditation and transcendence. Archive of Mind is a participatory installation that, with visitor collaboration, builds over the course of the exhibition. PEM presents the North American premiere of this work, where museum visitors are encouraged to sit at the large work surface, empty their minds of distraction, and sink into the essentialized experience of forming a ball of clay with their own hands. Through the course of the exhibition, thousands of clay spheres are generated through small, individual gestures that reveal the emotional traces of their makers and cumulatively generate a complex array of texture, scale, and tone.

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Image: Kimsooja, Archive of Mind, 2017. Photography by Jean- Pierre Gabriel. Courtesy of Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Kimsooja Studio.