Christine Sun Kim – Sound

I am intrigued by the pieces that play with what is intangible. For this artist’s post, I look for artists that played with sound in the creative process. I found many interesting artists that created Sound Art including Carsten Nicolai ( and Samson Young (, but the artist that truly fascinated me was Christine Sun Kim.

She was born deaf and was told by society that sound was not supposed to be part of her life. She realized this was not the case when she found her passion for creating sound art. In her TED Talk “The Enchanting Music Of Sign Language,” she shares with the audience that she learned to understand sound through movement. One day she experienced going to a gallery where there was no visual art, she realized “sound art was on the rise.” Christine Sun Kim began to create a new body of work centered on the way she experiences sound. In her pieces, she expresses the similarities of the ASL language and sound.


These are some of her pieces:

Game of Skill: This is an interactive piece that permits the audience to listen to a text written by the artist about the future. They can do that by their movement and interaction with the piece.


Nap Disturbance: Christine Sun Kim learned which sounds were not polite and which were polite by the hearing people that surround her. She knows that when someone is sleeping, she must do “polite” sounds or ones that are quieter. In this piece, she created a choreography based on movements that generate sound that she knows very well and knows if they are polite or non-polite.


One week of lullabies for roux: Christine Sun Kim felt unease putting her child lullabies that she did not know how they sounded. Therefore she created a conceptual score for hearing parents that she knows to create lullabies for her baby.

one week of lullabies for roux

To find more of her work, this is her website:

The following is the TED Talk “The Enchanting Music Of Sign Language”:

I am an international student from Venezuela that desires to communicate with the world around me visually. I hope that I can become a part of the global conversation where I can tell stories that are untold. With a background in business and languages, I have experienced how different fields will always connect at some points, and I aspire to reinforce that connection in my work. I believe that there is not one pure aesthetic, and therefore I have chosen to collaborate and learn from those around me to every day grow as an artist.

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