Connected \\ June 21, 2019
Immersive installation connects mind and maker
The PEM commissioned site-specific work Kimsooja: Archive of Mind by the world-renowned Korean artist perfectly demonstrates what the museum is trying to do in a new space dedicated to contemporary creative expression. “It’s about people doing something in a communal way, sitting on these stools and rolling clay with their children or their grandparents and putting their own piece as part of her piece in the middle of the space,” says Jeffrey Beale, a PEM Trustee who has endowed the new gallery, dedicated to contemporary and immersive experiences.
© 2019 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola
Here, awaiting visitors is mounds of clay. One large oval table with stools. And a cosmic soundscape that might evoke distant thunder or a burbling brook.
Kimsooja invites people to participate in the creation of her contemplative installation by picking up a lump of clay, taking a seat at the table, kneading the clay into a ball and rolling it toward the table’s center.