"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
Works of art can create moments of transcendence. Kimsooja's work explores how art can help us to transcend our individual reality and gain an awareness of the world around us in new ways. In her film segment, she discusses her video, Needle Woman, and how she experiences "a certain transcendence of [her]self." Watch Kimsooja's segment, and consider the kinds of experiences that her art creates for viewers. How can art inspire contemplation or increase consciousness?
Define and discuss the word transcendence. What kinds of experiences are transcendent? Can art be transcendent? How? Why?
What associations do you make with Kimsooja's work? Consider specific artworks featured in this segment, in relation to your own ideas, experiences, and memories.
How is Kimsooja's work transcendent? Kimsooja says that she always tries to find the transcendent moment and space within her work. Does she achieve her goal? How?
Assemble a unique collection of objects that reflect aspects of your daily life, and use them to form a sculpture or installation. Write a brief description of each object's significance to you, and describe how they contribute to the finished artwork.