We Mean Business
ABOUT THE WORK
Christine Sun Kim, a Berlin-based artist whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), uses the media of drawing and sound in performance to investigate her relationship with spoken language and the aural environment.
For Art Night 2019 Kim will collaborate with students at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to create 3 new site specific commissions. This includes an experimental installation exploring how experiences of deafness shape understandings of language and culture; a durational sound piece at the new COS concept store made with DJ Matt Karmil and a text-based ‘declaration’ championing and celebrating the benefits of sign language on the hoarding on Cubitt Square.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim explores the materiality of sound by connecting it to acts of drawing, painting and performance. By combining aspects of musical notation, body language and American Sign Language (ASL) she expands the communicative potential of such information systems and in turn invents a grammatical structure for her own compositions. Translation is a key motif in her work, with Kim using a variety of media to provide critical commentary on translations between ASL and English, to deconstruct preconceived ideas around sound and language and interrogate how linguistic authority influences perception.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Coal Drops Yard was originally established in 1850 to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, and was latterly the location of nightclubs Bagley’s and The Cross. The area reopened in October 2018, reinvented by the Heatherwick Studio, which has interwoven a contemporary design with the surviving structures and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops.