Carnegie Mellon University

Taery Kim

Taery Kim

Center for the Arts in Society, Visiting Scholar for 2016-17

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


CAS Announces Taery Kim as Visiting Scholar for 2016-17

Taery Kim, Ph.D., is an artist and researcher who investigates the transformation of time concepts into praxis. She formulates a theory of art as a transcendentality that necessarily performs in body and time, and engages in an interdisciplinary discourse regarding a radically free and non-instrumental understanding of ‘artist’, ‘creativity’ and a certain ethics of life. Her current touring exhibition sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), ‘Performing Bodies. Time and Space in Meister Eckhart and in the performances and video installations of Taery Kim’ (2015-16), inquires the performativity of contemporary technology-driven notions of time as inspired by the medieval philosopher and theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1329). A publication of the same title (Peeters: Leuven, 2016) draws together artists, art historians, theologian and philosophers who explore Eckhart’s concepts of time and space and situate them in Kim’s interpretation and artworks. Her most recent book, Performing Life: the Body as Exercising the Transcendentality of Time in Meister Eckhart, is in preparation for publication in 2017.


In the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our everyday, what are the new and changing ethical implications in ‘creativity’ and ‘creative power’, grounded in a radical concept of being ‘artist’? How may we then breakthrough the metaphysical framework and see its manifestation in the physical and practical world of everyday living, to expand on the collaborative potential between humans and AI?

The integration of AI in art has brought forth what is called ‘creative AI’. Its role and impact may reach greater audiences by extending beyond the image or form making activities to reflecting, acting and leading discourse on the cultures, social mores and ethics of human life. With a view to considering how AI can become collaborative by a new design of engagement with the everyday artist, who not only makes but also stages, inquiries, reflects, re-figures, breaks free and impacts, we seek to re-evaluate and broaden our understanding of ‘artist’ and ‘creativity’.