Sound Art To The Deaf – Christine Sun Kim

This fantastic short explores the unique world of a sound artist who cannot hear. Todd Selby’s film takes us into Christine Sun Kim’s exploration of sound through her own physical translation.

From Deaf from birth, Kim turned to using sound as a medium during an artist residency in Berlin in 2008, and has since developed a practice of lo-fi experimentation that aims to re-appropriate sound by translating it into movement and vision. “It’s a lot more interesting to explore a medium that I don’t have direct access to and yet has the most direct connection to society at large,” says the artist. “Social norms surrounding sound are so deeply ingrained that, in a sense, our identities cannot be complete without it.” Selby filmed an exclusive performance from Kim in a Brooklyn studio as the artist played with field recordings of the street sounds of her Chinatown neighborhood, feedback and helium balloons, and made “seismic calligraphy” drawings from ink- and powder-drenched quills, nails and cogs dancing across paper to the vibrations of subwoofers beneath.

Check out an interview with Christine Sun Kim on Nowness’s Facebook page.

Thanks to Create Digital Music for the post leading me to this great short film.

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