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Austin Peay State University welcomes sound artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to welcome sound artist and two-time TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim to campus for a visiting artist lecture.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 2nd, in room 401 of the Trahern Building.

Christine Sun Kim
Christine Sun Kim

Kim, who has been deaf since birth, explores the materiality of sound in work that connects sound to drawing, painting and performance.

In the course of developing her own visual language, Kim has explored and employed elements from various information systems.

By combining aspects of graphic and musical notation, body language and American Sign Language (ASL), she uses these systems as a means to expand what each is able to communicate and to invent a grammar and structure for her compositions.

Her performance work is central to her practice and often provides the starting point for works on paper that display witty evocations of powerful sounds. Employing a wide variety of props, from the iPad, transducers and audio speakers, to piano wires, helium balloons and even her own breath, a whole range of sounds, vibrations and frequencies come into play.

She is persistently questioning what she calls “the ownership of sound” and highlighting the parameters, social values and sets of rules based around that which is constantly present and yet invisible to us all.

Her work has been exhibited and performed worldwide in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art; LEAP, Berlin; the Hull House Museum in Chicago; MoMA PS1, New York; nyMusikk, Oslo; Sound Live Tokyo, Tokyo; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Art Basel in Hong Kong; and many more.

An ASL interpreter will be provided with generous support from APSU’s Disability Services.

For more information on this lecture, contact Michael Dickins, gallery director, at


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