Todd Selby x Christine Sun Kim

The Selby Profiles Deaf Performance Artist Sun Kim's Sonic Experiments

Cult photographer and filmmaker Todd Selby's latest short is a revealing portrait of performance artist Christine Sun Kim. 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. Working with sound designer Arrow Kleeman, Selby carefully choreographed the film's ambient score to reveal the Orange County native's unique relationship with sound. "Her work deals with reclaiming sound because it's a foreign world to her and one she's not comfortable in," explains Selby. "I wanted the film to act as an artistic conduit for her to tell her story to the world.”

To read an interview with Christine Sun Kim visit our Facebook page here.

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  • lilith
    This is such a beautiful depiction of the artists work! Todd Selby has truly a unique ability to capture the essence of creative minds. It made me think about the interview he has done with Tristan Cochrane, that can be found on urban smart stage, about his exhibition "Sanctuary", that captures home as a space of perfect imperfection. <a href="http://bit.ly/wqXJN5" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/wqXJN5</a>
    • Posted By lilith
    • March 04, 2012 at 10:36AM
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  • Kitok
    The human spirit is simply amazing. Ancient peoples used mythology and allegory to make sense of the world around them and Sun Kim has created a physical/visual allegory of sound to explain and understand the audible world around her. Seeing this makes me ponder what Beethoven would have created if he lost his hearing in today's world. Thank you for bringing us this content.
    • Posted By Kitok
    • November 27, 2011 at 7:43AM
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  • ella
    <a href="http://bit.ly/rQGWTk" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/rQGWTk</a> ...wonder if this thinking, these stories are linked
    • Posted By ella
    • November 13, 2011 at 5:29PM
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  • eranda
    AMAZING perceptions and way of translating them into a final art performance ! I'm writing from POLIS University, Tirana-Albania. Soon during 2012 spring we will have our International Design Week, and as soon as we saw this amazing video, we decided to give a special spot to it... We would like to be in touch with who owns it, to ask permission and if possibly, have a copy of the video so we present it. Full credit will be given to the owners... Thank you ! Eranda Janku <a href="http://www.universitetipolis.edu.al/" target="_blank">www.universitetipolis.edu.al/</a> Contact me on: eranda_janku@universitetipolis.edu.al
    • Posted By eranda
    • November 13, 2011 at 3:02PM
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  • mondi
    Awsome, such a refreshing and original take on art and what a spectacular production and what a beautiful girl.
    • Posted By mondi
    • November 10, 2011 at 6:43AM
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  • purpleyawn
    amazing
    • Posted By purpleyawn
    • November 09, 2011 at 11:00PM
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