Keynote: Closer Captions

Recorded On: 12/07/2020


Christine Sun Kim, Artist

About this Session

Describing her experiences and journey with American Sign Language (ASL) and Closed Captioning, Kim breaks down the nuances and complexities. As the arts and culture field continues to rely on the digital space for new audiences and production spaces, we must ask ourselves what is lacking and how do we create experiences that are for all audiences. With compelling humor and insight, radiating from the personal to a communal and justice-oriented perspective, Kim’s work expresses the depth and dynamism of sound and language in the human experience.

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This session is a part of the 2020 National Arts Marketing Project Conference.

Christine Sun Kim


Christine Sun Kim (b. California, 1980) explores the conceptual aspect of sound by connecting it to acts of drawing, painting and performance. By combining aspects of musical notation, body language and American Sign Language (ASL) she expands the communicative potential of such information systems and in turn invents a grammatical structure for her own compositions. Kim uses a variety of media to provide critical commentary on translations between ASL and English, to deconstruct preconceived ideas around sound and language and interrogate how linguistic authority influences perception. Selected exhibitions and performances have been held at: MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (solo); Ghebaly, Los Angeles (solo); White Space, Beijing (solo); Carroll/Fletcher, London (solo); De Appel, Amsterdam (solo); Serralves Museum, Porto; Sound Live Tokyo; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berlin and Shanghai Biennials; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York. She is represented by François Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles and White Space Beijing in Beijing. 

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