The Dimensions of a Needle: A Conversation with KIMSOOJA
Discussion 3:30 – 4:30pm
Korean artist Kimsooja, who blurs the boundaries between aesthetics, transcendence and ephemeral experience through her use of non-action, meditative practices, and serial forms, masterfully toys with the science of light to bring her sculptures and installation to life. Through both these practices and indeed her performance and video works, this afternoon discussion will provide context for the scope and character of her lambent works. Kimsooja will be joined in conversation by Kim Machan, founding director of MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific.
Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed multimedia artist whose videos, installations, and performances poignantly address issues relating to culture, politics, history, and identity, especially with regard to the displaced self. The artist’s conceptual, aesthetic, and structural investigations of performance through immobility in her practice inverts the notion of the artist as the predominant auteur. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2016); Centre Pompidou-Metz (2015); Reina Sophia, Madrid (2006); MoMA PS1, New York (2001); 24th São Paulo Biennial (1998); the 48th, 49th, 51st and 52nd Venice Biennales. In 2013 she represented Korea at the 55th Venice Biennale.
Kim Machan is founding director of MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific and has developed contemporary art curatorial projects in Australia and the Asia regions through this organisation since 1998. Machan has negotiated complex projects and pioneered collaborative cultural partnerships working with museums, galleries, contemporary art spaces, universities and non-traditional art settings including projects with the Singapore Art Museum; National Art Museum of China; National Library of China; OCT Shanghai; Guangdong Art Museum; Artsonje Center amongst others. Recent projects include ‘Light from Light’ that won the highly distinguished Australian Arts in Asia Award for Visual Arts in 2013 and ‘LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art’, touring 2014-2015 to major museums and venues in Seoul, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Sydney and Brisbane. In 2016, Machan co-curatored ‘Zhang Peili: from painting to video’ with Olivier Krischer at the Australian Centre for China in the World, Canberra. She is currently writing a PhD addressing the critical aesthetic reading of video art in Asia.
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