Christine Sun Kim, ‘Untitled’, 2012, Carroll / Fletcher

Speaker Drawings
What Can a Body Do?
Curated by Amanda Cachia
Haverford College, PA
October 26 - December 16, 2012
Press Release (excerpt):
French philosopher Gilles Deleuze famously asked, "what can a body do?" implying that we haven't even begun to understand the potential of our bodies. ... How, precisely, can perceptions of the disabled body be liberated from binary classifications such as "normal" and "pathological" that themselves delimit bodies and constrain action? Contemporary artists Joseph Grigely, Christine Sun Kim, Park McArthur, Alison O'Daniel, Carmen Papalia, Laura Swanson, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi, Corban Walker and Artur Zmijewski demonstrate new possibilities across a range of media by exploring bodily configurations in figurative and abstract forms.
Photos by Lisa Boughter
Film by Shawn Kornhauser
Special thanks to Thomas Bonner, Amanda Cachia, Denise Kahler, James Weissinger, Matthew Callinan, Kristin Lindgren, John Muse, Gustavus Stadler, CFG folks, and everyone else!

About Christine Sun Kim

Sound artist Christine Sun Kim makes kinetic installations that combine performance with scores of harmonies, cacophonies, and vibrations. Kim was born deaf and has made it her project to explore the physicality of sound. “I constantly questioned the ownership of sound, now I’m reclaiming sound as my property,” Kim has said. The artist also makes paintings and drawings from her experiments with field recordings and breathing. For her “Seismic Calligraphy” works, she places canvases with ink-laden brushes on top of subwoofers. As sound is piped through the speakers, the brushes move and mark the canvas. The “Scores and Transcripts” series visualizes sound with poem-like compositions of words and syncopated lines on paper.

American, b. 1980, Orange County, California, based in New York, New York