Kimsooja: Collaboration on Campus—Nanotechnology & Contemporary Art | ART21Uli Wiesner, left, examines a cast polymer used to create the iridescent panels of the sculpture, photograph by Jason Koski/University Photography. (Right) A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, 2014, 46 ft x 4.5 ft dia., mixed media installation, photograph by Aaron Wax. Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio.


Kimsooja: Collaboration on Campus—Nanotechnology & Contemporary Art

As the central work of the 2014 CCA Biennial, Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology, Kimsooja’s sculptural installation on the Arts Quad was the continuation of the artist’s long history of seeing the needle as a metaphorical crossroad of time and space, and an artifact of a deeply collaborative process at Cornell between art, architecture, material science and nanoscale engineering.  

The 46-foot steel needle, covered in iridescent panels created through a nanoscale process that modified molecules of silica, was present on campus from September 15, 2014-June 15, 2015. It was also part of PROPORTIO, an exhibition organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia which coincided with the 56th International Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The CCA will be screening the documentary, produced by Eve Moros Ortega and Ian Forster for ART21 (, on Thursday, December 3, from 5pm-8pm at the Johnson Museum of Art on the 6th floor.  Screening will start at 6:00pm followed by Q & A with CCA Director, Stephanie Owens, Professor Ulrich Wiesner and students from his Wiesner Nanomaterials Lab who worked closely with the artist for nearly two years to develop and create the project.

Reception: 5-8pm
Screening followed by Q&A: 6pm

Food and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Erin Emerson, CCA Program Coordinator.

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Related Links
kimsooja  |  Website
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Johnson Museum of Art |  Website
Wiesner Group  |  Website