Deaf from birth, Christine Sun Kim has established her own “voice” through experimentation on sound art such as score and transcript drawings, which raise questions on linguistic authority, ownership of sound, and oral languages as social currency. Those visuals and codes on paper are the result of her action of combining information systems and languages that are known to her and letting grammar rub against each other. Sun Kim has came upon more similarities than differences between music and American Sign Language, which will be discussed during her talk.
Christine Sun Kim, who was born in California, holds an MFA in Sound/ Music from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. As a composer and social practitioner, she uses the medium of sound through technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. Her art has been multi-categorized as drawings, performances, installations, workshops, and talks. Kim has exhibited and performed in worldwide venues such as Sound Live Tokyo; Recess Activities, New York; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; and Calder Foundation New York. She has received numerous awards, including a Mellon Tri-College Creative Residency at Haverford College, a Residency at Southern Exposure, and a Fellowship at TED.
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