A film by Gilles Coudert and Damien Faure about the stained glass windows made by Kimsooja for the Metz Cathedral: a dialogue between contemporary art and cultural heritage and between Eastern and Western thought.
Since its construction, numerous artists have been commissioned to create stained glass windows for the Metz Cathedral, whose luminous expanse of colored glass inspired the nickname "God's Lantern". To celebrate the cathedral's 800th anniversary, the Korean artist Kimsooja proposed a new work in a dialogue between contemporary art and cultural heritage and between Eastern and Western thought. This film tells the story of this incredible historical, human, spiritual and artistic adventure.
As a bonus, the film Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents Kimsooja's sculpture "A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir" in the gardens and her installation "To Breathe" in the chapel of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England.
Kimsooja (born 1957 in Taegu, Korea, lives and works in New York, Paris
and Seoul) is an internationally acclaimed conceptual multi-media artist.
Addressing issues of the displaced self and others, the artist's work
combines performance, video, photo and installation using sound, light and
Korean bedcovers. Kimsooja investigates questions concerning the
conditions of humanity, while engaging issues of aesthetics, culture,
politics, and the environment. Kimsooja explores
materiality/immateriality, mobility/immobility, by non-making and
non-doing, which inverts the notion of the artist as the predominant
actor. The artist's journey evolves with the continuous unfolding of her
concept of Bottari (bundle) and the notions of Needle and Mirror.