MONDAY, MARCH 30 - SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2015
Sound + Vision presents experiments in sound, video, and performance. Designed in collaboration with contemporary artists, each program provides multisensory experiences through the pairing of visual art and non-traditional media.
Sound + Vision Artist in Residence Christine Sun Kim during a week long residency at The Visual Arts Center, Department of Art + Art History at The University of Texas at Austin produced a process-oriented project to engage audiences in an interactive performance through two new installations: Calibration Room and Bounce House. Deaf since birth, Kim creates work that addresses her relationship to sound and language. She calls into question ideas of ownership and the ability to broaden one’s awareness by rethinking the physicality and other dimensions of sound through visual expression. Often wondering what it would be look like if we had the ability to calibrate our surroundings to fit our needs and desires instead of calibrating ourselves to fit social norms, Kim asked participants to define their own kind of sound and silence, as she often has during her personal investigation of unlearning sound etiquette.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
New York and Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound through technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. She holds an MFA in Sound/Music from Bard College and works on sound art in diverse forms of performance, installation, and lectures to reclaim “the ownership of sound,” explore oral languages as “social currency,” and unlearn “sound etiquette.” In addition, her drawings were featured in the 2013 Museum of Modern Art exhibition "Soundings: A Contemporary Score" and she is the recipient of a TED2015 Senior fellowship. This was her first project in Austin, Texas.
Sound + Vision is presented in collaboration with The Church of the Friendly Ghost, an Austin-based organization dedicated to creative music, future-minded expressions, sound, new media art, and counter culture communities.
Support for Christine Kim Sun’s residency comes from the Ford Foundation, POSCO Korean Studies Endowment and the Center for East Asian Studies, The Church of the Friendly Ghost, Fusebox Festival, Department of Asian Studies, and the Humanities Institute, through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship in the Liberal Arts.
For more information, visit utvac.org/programs/christine-sun-kim-sound-vision-artist-residence
Video by Ekrem Serdar