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Christine Sun Kim as CEAM artist resident for Fall 2018

Sep 17, 2018

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum today announced Christine Sun Kim as CEAM artist resident for Fall 2018. During her stay, Kim will work closely with Flagler College students and faculty through class visits and critiques. Kim will give an artist talk on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Flagler Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. The conceptual underpinnings in her work stem from the artist’s understanding of the act of listening as, “not just an experience involving mere sound, but also a variety of sensory, emotional, and physical responses that reach beyond sonic properties.”

Graphic of artist's work

“Instagram vs Reality,” 2018, Charcoal on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm. Courtesy the artist.


Kim uses various strategies to visually express these multilayered experiences. In the performance nap disturbance (Carroll/Fletcher Gallery at Frieze London, 2016), Kim and performers attempt to convey the artist’s awareness of sound etiquette when at home, or what she has described as “the quietness and loudness of sound.” In the drawing series sound diet (2018), Kim employs text and musical notes such as forte and piano to describe her aural environment, and in the series future base (2017) the artist uses mark-making as a way to express the multivalence of American Sign Language (ASL). Through each of these instances, Kim draws attention to sound as a form of cultural, social or political currency.

Kim lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She has held exhibitions and performances at institutions including: White Space, Beijing (solo); Carroll/Fletcher, London (solo); De Appel, Amsterdam (solo); Sound Live Tokyo; Berlin and Shanghai biennale; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York. Kim was awarded TED and MIT Media Lab Fellowships.

The CEAM Artist Residency Program, in collaboration with Flagler College’s Department of Art & Design, is a regular program of artists-in-residence to engage in themes of place-making while collaborating with some aspect of St. Augustine’s local community, the city’s significant and varied roles in American history, or its rich natural environment.

A goal of the residency is to foster diverse perspectives on these aspects of our local community, and artists and scholars in a range of fields are invited who integrate and collaborate between the areas of fine art and broader fields of inquiry, such as curatorial practice, performing arts, and creative writing.

The CEAM Artist Residency Program is supported by a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

The museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, from 12 to 4 p.m. For further information, please contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or For general information about CEAM, our exhibitions or related programs, please visit here.

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