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Christine Sun Kim

Christine Sun Kim's work investigates the operations of sound and various aspects of deaf culture  in her performances, videos, and drawings. In developing her personal visual language, Kim draws from a variety of information systems.


She uses elements from these systems such as body language, American Sign Language (ASL), musical and graphic notation, and language interpretation, inventing new structures for her compositions and extending each source's scope of communication.


She further uses sound to explore her own relationship to verbal languages and her environment. Through her work, she gains control of voice and sound, seeking to release them from social conventions.

See her artwork here.


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The Enchanting Music of Sign Language


Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears -- it can be felt, seen, and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language. (From TED Talk)

The World is Sound

Artist Christine Sun Kim discusses her newest series,

“The Sound Of,” as seen in the exhibition The World Is Sound.


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