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Feedback 2 of 6: Now Hiring

Christine Sun Kim and Beka Goedde

A photo of Feedback
A photo of Feedback

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

January 6, 2012

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On January 6th, Christine Sun Kim will initiate a performance and installation as the second event in her six-part Session at Recess. Session invites artists to use its public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

The artist, deaf since birth, will perform auditory investigations that initiate a slippage of audio into visual. Using non-vocal methods of dialogue to form collaborative vision with visitors to Recess and a cast of collaborators, the artist will create multiple aural perceptions through the use of bodies in motion, microphones, delay pedals, and more.

For this second iteration of Feedback, the custom of the funeral wailer, a person paid to mourn publicly at a memorial service, will serve as the starting point for collaboration between Kim and Beka Goede. The artists will transform Recess’s space into a semi-anonymous place for grieving while creating aural proxies for individual loss. Visitors to Recess may make a written record of their personal losses—the death of a pet, a political missed opportunity, a conceptual void—which will be inserted into a balloon and inflated. This action, along with the sounds of the day’s movements, will be manipulated and projected throughout the space by the artists. As the sounds accumulate and cycle, they will become removed from their origin, rendering singular acts of grief into a shared experience and allowing some release of private loss.

Visitors are encouraged to bring symbols of their loss to decorate the mourning site. These tokens, as well as the balloons holding the records of mourning, will accumulate over the course of the performance, drawing attention to the visual, celebratory tributes that can accompany remembrance.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Christine Sun Kim

Christine Sun Kim hails from Orange County, California and is a recent graduate of Bard College with a MFA in Music/Sound. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her art pieces have been multi-categorized as drawings, performances, installations, workshops, and talks. Overall, she considers herself a composer and social practitioner. Her work has been featured in exhibitions/programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy; Recess Activities, New York; TCB Gallery, Melbourne; Art+Lounge Dibang, Seoul; and Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin. In the past, Sun Kim was a recipient of Mellon Tri-College Creative Residency at Haverford College, Youth Insights Artist Residency at Whitney Museum, and Emergency Grant from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She was recently selected as one of TED Fellows for this year. When not conducting social experiments, she replies to months old emails with guilt.

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Beka Goedde

Beka Goedde‘s work explores the perception of change, duration and the physical body in space. Goedde has participated in exhibitions at venues including Kesting/Ray, IPCNY, Cheim & Read, and 80WSE in New York; at Incident Report in Hudson, NY; and online with Triple Canopy. She received a B.A. from Barnard College in Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy, and is a recent graduate of the Bard MFA program in Sculpture. In 2011, Goedde was an artist-in-residence at Millay Colony. Goedde lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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