Christine Sun Kim, Sound + Vision Artist In Residence

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Christine Sun Kim, Sound + Vision Artist In Residence says
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.

Support for Christine Kim Sun’s residency comes from the Ford Foundation, POSCO Korean Studies Endowment and the Center for East Asian Studies, Church of the Friendly Ghost, Fusebox Festivall, Department of Asian Studies, UT Austin, and the Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship in the Liberal Arts..

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By: Visual Arts Center

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