Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim discusses her wide-ranging practice around sound and language. Her work reflects on her experiences as part of the Deaf community and comments on the visual representation of sound, alongside its social and political operations, using performance, video, drawing, writing and technology. This talk is presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Sweaty Concepts, which includes work by Kim in the Williams College Museum of Art's collection. The talk will be presented with ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation.
Christine Sun Kim Biography
Born in California in 1980 and now based in Berlin, Christine Sun Kim has built an acclaimed practice around sound, its visual representations and its circulation as social currency. Kim uses performance, video, drawing, writing and technology to reflect on her experiences as part of the Deaf community and to comment on the social and political operations of sound. A keen observer of language, Kim employs American Sign Language, music notation, televisual captioning, and other systems of visual communication in a wide ranging practice that address the intricacies of social exchange and the power of representation with illuminating wit and candor.
Kim has exhibited and performed internationally, including at the Manchester International Festival (2021), Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2021), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2020); Whitney Biennial, New York (2019); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2019); Art Institute of Chicago (2018); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (2017); Berlin Biennale (2016); Shanghai Biennale (2016); MoMA PS1, New York (2015) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), among numerous others.
Kim is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Disability Futures Fellowship, an MIT Media Lab Fellowship, a TED Senior Fellowship and has presented at numerous conferences and symposia.