Christine Sun Kim, Sound + Vision Artist in Residence

Monday, March 30, 2015

Visual Arts Center

Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, March 31st10am-12pm + 4:30-6pm
Wednesday, April 1st3-6pm 
Thursday, April 2nd, 10am-12pm

Calibration Room – Visual Arts Center 
The above times are walk-in hours, first come, first served.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 4pm
Artist Talk – UT Art Building, Rm. 1.102

Friday, April 3rd, 2015, 6-9pm & Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 12-4pm
Bounce HouseGround Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd, 78702

The artist Christine Sun Kim will be in residence at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin from March 30 to April 4, 2015, where she will produce 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 will ask participants to define their own kind of sound and silence, as she often has during her personal investigation of unlearning sound.

Calibration Room will occur on The University of Texas campus early in Kim’s residency and focuses on the individual’s sound reality over the collective. With this installation, the artist invites individuals to experience an audio piece within the intimate confines of a small room specifically adjusted to each participant’s personalized hearing levels.

In contrast, Bounce House revels in the opportunity to communally share awareness of the tactile qualities of sound. With a soundtrack provided by international and local sound artists, designers, and musicians, the public during the 2015 Fusebox Festival will immerse themselves in a room expressly designed with an audio system that delivers very low frequency sounds. Attendees will be able to feel and dance to beats that can only be felt rather than heard, exposing a deeper understanding of what sound can be.

Bounce House features tracks from the following artists:
Alex Keller (TX), Beka Goedde (NY), Carmelle Safdie (NY), Chad Mossholder (TX), Chris Woebken (NY), Christopher Willes (CAN), Dan Gentile and Michael Zawodniak (Flying Turns) (TX), Danae Valenza (AUS), Elliot P. Montgomery (NY), Harrison Haynes (NC), James Talambas (TX), Jeich Jeong (S. KOREA), Joshua Hudelson (NY), Kangaroo Paw (JAPAN), Killbot Kindergarten (GER), Lauren Klotzman (TX),Marina Rosenfeld (NY), Minwhee Lee (NY), nanonum (JAPAN), NOEL-KIT (JAPAN), Phasma (JAPAN), Raquel Bell (TX), Sara Magenheimer (NY), Sean Forbes (MI), Sean O’Neill (TX), Sheila Scoville (TX), Veronica Torres and Andrew Spaulding (NY), Yuji Tsutsumida (JAPAN)

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..


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 is her first project in Austin, Texas.

About Sound + Vision

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 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, counter-culture arts community, and cutting-edge jazz.

If you have any accommodation needs based on disability, please contact Xochi Solis at no later than five (5) business days before the event.

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