Laura Hyunhjhee Kim
ABOUT THE ARTIST
LAURA HYUNJHEE KIM (b. Palo Alto, CA, USA) is a Korean-American multimedia artist who creates post-disciplinary performances to reveal spaces of hybridity that reimagine on/offline (non)human interactions. Thinking-through-making, her projects are articulated through a wide range of media, including video art, performance art, participatory performance, performance installation, digital art, new media art, and writing. Conceptually, she is driven by culturally nuanced moments of in-betweenness: when language loses its coherence, necessitates absurd leaps in logic and fluency, and reroutes into intuitive and improvisational sense-making modes of expression. Blending and bending pop cultural tropes that playfully engage with amateur aesthetics of the internet, she actively incorporates consumer electronics in production and draws inspiration from viral memes, mixed-fidelity music, found-footage film, and kitschy low-budget commercials. As an avid cross-disciplinary pollinator, collaborator, and storyteller, her ongoing projects thematically focus on blobology, feelosophy, pigeonology, and digital technology.
Kim has shown work around the world, recently including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Theatre of Digital Art in Dubai, Kadist Art Foundation & Chinatown Media & Arts Collective, Transfer Gallery, Pioneer Works, Telematic Media Arts, Harvestworks, Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Athens Digital Art Festival, Centro Cultural São Paulo, and The Wrong Biennale. Her projects have also appeared in the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology collection, Stillpoint Magazine, The Denver Post, Southwest Contemporary, Westword, ArtSlant, Hyperallergic, KQED, Daily Serving, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Creators Project. She was in the 2020-2021 revival of the Got Milk? campaign and her social media performance was broadcasted nationwide on TV and various online streaming services. Kim was an artist in residence at the Internet Archive (2017), Korea National University of the Arts (2017), and Electrofringe (with libi rose striegl as the collaborative duo sharing turtleTM, 2019). Kim’s short feature Marvelous Miramol was the first moving image to receive the Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee’s Sally Owen Marshall Best in Show Award (2010). Kim’s video art SHARING IS CARING received the inaugural ArtSlant Award in New Media (2013) and Cricket World received the Black Cube Video Art Award (2020). She also received the New Media Caucus Distinguished Scholar Award (2019) and the Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award (2020). Kim is the author of Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs, which was published by The Accomplices / Civil Coping Mechanisms (June 17, 2019) and the coauthor of Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object from the Onto-tales of the Digital Afterlife with Mark Amerika, published with Open Humanities Press (November, 2019). She collaborates with numerous multidisciplinary artists and researchers including: Chris Corrente (on video / music / creative direction, recently including Traveling 2046 and Blink), libi rose striegl (on sharing turtleTM), Surabhi Saraf, Caroline Sinders, Marcus Brittain Fleming, Mariah Hill (on Centre for Emotional Materiality), Mark Amerika (on MALK and ACI: Artificial Creative Intelligence), Kevin Sweet (on Pigeonology), and Thomas Riccio (on Blue Jelly). Kim received a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA from the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute, and PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) from the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Dallas. She lives and works in the company of neighboring songbirds, squirrels, and wild rabbits in Richardson, Texas.