THEMATIC: Social Sculpture

"Bottari," 2000. Used bed covers and used clothing, dimensions variable. Private Collection. © Kimsooja. Courtesy the artist.

What are different forms of sculpture? Kimsooja considers sculptures to be symbolic tools that can help personify relationships in particular environments. Watch the artist's segment, and discuss the relationships she makes between a sculptural object, its environment, the body, and the viewer.

Compare the way Kimsooja thinks about sculpture to the approaches of other artists, including: Kiki Smith, Jessica Stockholder, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Richard Tuttle, and Jeff Koons.

SEGMENT: Kimsooja in "Systems"

Before Viewing
Consider the terms traditional sculpture and social sculpture. What forms might these types of sculpture take? Look at examples of contemporary and historical sculpture. How do they reflect or defy the categories of traditional and social sculpture?

While Viewing
Kimsooja is physically present in many of her projects, and she speaks specifically about using her body to become Needle Woman. How does she do this? Why do you think she chose the metaphor of a needle?

After Viewing
Kimsooja talks about the importance of the bottari (the Korean word for a bundle used to transport belongings or goods) in her work. She also describes her installation at the Crystal Palace as "a bottari of light and sound and reflection." Discuss this metaphor.

"Cities On The Move–2727 km Bottari Truck," 1997. Single channel video projection, silent, 7:33 minute loop. © Kimsooja. Courtesy the artist.

Create a video or series of photographic images that describe how you see yourself, in relation to your school, community, city, or country.