Connected \\ December 31, 2019
PEMcast 014: Be Here Now
In this episode of the PEMcast, we bring you into the gallery to discover a work created by our visitors. Kimsooja: Archive of Mind asks you to do something very simple: Choose a lump of clay from three earthy colors, roll the clay into a ball and push it toward the center of the table. This immersive experience has been calming frayed nerves since it opened in June. But why is this experience so relaxing?
Join me and my PEMcast co-host Chip Van Dyke as we chat with Kimsooja, the Korean artist behind this meditative work, as well as gallery guides who have welcomed about 40,000 visitors to the installation, so far.
PEM Curator Trevor Smith and artist Kimsooja in the installation. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/ PEM.
PEM Curator Trevor Smith and PEMcast producer Dinah Cardin chat in Archive of Mind. Photo by Jelivet Perez.
We also talk with PEM’s Curator of the Present Tense Trevor Smith, and our resident neuroscientist Dr. Tedi Asher to discover why something so simple can slow us down and prepare us for a better overall museum visit.
Gallery guide Jelivet Perez chats with a visitor. Photo by Ken Sawyer/PEM.
Asher shared some findings on how long the average person looks at a work of art. It’s a matter of seconds. We as a society are flying through museums.
“This idea that you’re at the table and you will be here for a few minutes, it creates opportunities for close looking that I think might prime you for that kind of behavior down the road,” said Asher.