• 10:00 a.m. MST
  • Zoom Webinar

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is highly encouraged.

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At the request of the artist, the recording of Christine Sun Kim’s Artist Talk is not available online. Current RMCAD students and faculty may request a viewing of the archived recording of the event within the viewing restrictions by contacting Gretchen Marie Schaefer at


In her World Building artist talk, Title Zero (a Deaf English loanword for “no title”), artist Christine Sun Kim will share multiple projects that visualize and contextualize how sound operates in her life and in the lives of her both Deaf and hearing collaborators.

In one project she creates drawings of musical notations, a written expression of sound, to communicate her Deaf experience and ideas. Critiquing the way TV and movie captions affect how the artist receives information, Kim and four Deaf friends create literal, conceptual, and poetic sound captions for a series of film clips related to voice. Using the communication tools of data visualization, Kim creates a series of pie chart drawings articulating all of the personal decisions she has made as a Deaf person. And in a collection of angle drawings (think acute and obtuse) the artist depicts levels of Deaf rage conjured by the inequitable, burdensome, and insulting experiences of discrimination and inaccessibility.

In a number of projects, Kim breaks down American Sign Language (ASL) to its essence, which in-turn reveals its nuances and complexities. One video articulates the intimate and situational nature of non-manual signs (ASL signs without the use of hands but with facial expressions, head and shoulder movements, and mouthing). Another series of gestural drawings illustrate the conceptual vastness of the ASL sign for “future.”

With compelling humor and insight, radiating from the personal to a communal and justice-oriented perspective, Kim’s work expresses the depth and dynamism of sound and language in the human experience.


Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. Selected exhibitions and performances have been held at: MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (solo); Ghebaly, Los Angeles (solo); White Space, Beijing (solo); Carroll/Fletcher, London (solo); De Appel, Amsterdam (solo); Serralves Museum, Porto; Sound Live Tokyo; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berlin and Shanghai Biennials; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York.

ASL Interpreters: Denise Kahler and Beth Staehle

Instagram – @chrisunkim

Twitter – @chrisunkim

Virtual One-on-One Sessions

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
By Appointment

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Get real-life feedback on your work from accomplished contemporary artist, Christine Sun Kim! Students have the opportunity to share their work and gain invaluable feedback from a practicing artist.Space is limited so be sure to sign up through the below form for your chance to meet with the artist. Bring finished projects or works-in-progress to this 30-minute, in-depth, one-on-one conversation, and you’ll come away with exciting new ideas, insights, and perspectives on your work. All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to make work like Christine to get a lot out of this opportunity. She’ll have great feedback for all interested students looking to improve their work.

To reserve a spot for this special opportunity RMCAD students are required to fill out the form at by Wednesday, September 9, 2020.You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted your request. The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Friday, September 11, 2020.

Next Day Q+A

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. MST

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Join us for a casual Q+A session and insightful conversation with visiting artist Christine Sun Kim. Take this opportunity to ask questions about her artwork, career, and get professional advice from an accomplished contemporary artist. We’ll provide the artist, you bring the curiosity.We are pleased to also host ASL Interpreters Denise Kahler and Beth Staehle for this event. Live Closed Captioning will also be available.This opportunity is open to all RMCAD students, faculty, and staff.

Not sure if this is right for you? Have more questions? Please contact Gretchen Schaefer at and we’ll get you prepared for this special opportunity for artistic growth.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for this event, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at or 303-995-8353. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event.

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