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VVAVE (3 of 6)

Christine Sun Kim, John Andrew, and Aliza Simons

A photo of Christine Sun Kim
A photo of Christine Sun Kim

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

March 14–18, 2012

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“The wave…is the only visible embodiment of what physicists tell us all matter is composed of.”
—David Milch

On March 16th, Christine Sun Kim will initiate a live and continuous 72-hour radio and internet broadcast as the third event in, Feedback, her six-part Session at Recess. Session invites artists to use its public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

The artist, deaf since birth, will perform auditory investigations that initiate a slippage of audio into visual. Using non-vocal methods of dialogue to form collaborative vision with visitors to Recess and a cast of collaborators, the artist will create multiple aural perceptions through the use of bodies in motion, microphones, delay pedals, and more.

For the third iteration of Feedback, Kim and collaborators John Andrew and Aliza Simons will build a radio tower and transmitter inside Recess, extending the architecture beyond its physical presence into broadcasted space. The group will transmit pre-recorded and live noises, sounds, and voices through radio and live internet streaming for three complete days.

While radio transmission is unseen, it can transmit information located in tangible presences like a cassette tape, CD, photograph, book, newspaper, etc. Rendering a stationary piece of information into a broadcasted pulse, the artists will revive this information through broadcast. Evoking the presence of the information’s past, the message is transmitted beyond its physical limits, lending it a temporary, existence outside traditional time and space.

Broadcast slots open to the public will occur throughout the broadcast; the artists invite visitors to perform or play material—confessions, readings, improvisations, voice-overs of silent movies that will be on hand for viewing—over VVAVE FM. Visitors may also borrow FM radios from Recess, or bring their own, so that they can tune it to VVAVE from inside Recess or while walking nearby.

A reception on March 17th will mark the midway point of the 72-hour broadcast.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Christine Sun Kim

Christine Sun Kim hails from Orange County, California and is a recent graduate of Bard College with a MFA in Music/Sound. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her art pieces have been multi-categorized as drawings, performances, installations, workshops, and talks. Overall, she considers herself a composer and social practitioner. Her work has been featured in exhibitions/programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy; Recess Activities, New York; TCB Gallery, Melbourne; Art+Lounge Dibang, Seoul; and Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin. In the past, Sun Kim was a recipient of Mellon Tri-College Creative Residency at Haverford College, Youth Insights Artist Residency at Whitney Museum, and Emergency Grant from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She was recently selected as one of TED Fellows for this year. When not conducting social experiments, she replies to months old emails with guilt.

artist website

John Andrew


John Andrew is a sculptor who uses text and sound as his primary mediums. These sculpted materials manifest themselves in a variety of formats that include; vinyl records, compact discs, three dimensional objects, works on paper, installation, photographs, and books.

Aliza Simons

Aliza Simons is a transmission artist, oral historian and musician. A former community radio DJ, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 2010 to spend a year studying community radio in Northern Canada, South America and Western Africa. She is currently working with transmission art troika Cough Button on To Scale, a transmission-based opera, which will be performed at Roulette at the Experiments in Opera Festival in May. She is also a member of Varispeed, the experimental performance collective, Why Lie? the band, WHY LIE? the ensemble and a yet-to-be-named duo with percussionist David Grollman.

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