Carole Kim is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on media installation and video for live performance. She has experimented extensively with the moving image to physicalize the medium and render it malleable in real time. She pursues an ongoing interest in creating environments in which live and mediated presence co-exist rather than compete. Through the use of translucent projection surfaces, Kim is intrigued by the insertion of actual space between the layers of projected image—compositing with the eye through physical space and discovering how the physical properties of projected light/image and different materials create a spatial optical phenomenology all their own. This three-dimensional compositing allows for space that the viewer and/or performer can inhabit and navigate between. Kim seeks an integration of media where moving image, sound, dance and architecture are on equal planes engaging in a dynamic, reciprocating and mutually supportive dialogue. Her work floats between disciplines, manifesting in different contexts including experimental music, theater, dance and art.
Her work has been supported by the Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Cultural Innovation, City of Los Angeles, Pasadena Arts Council, Durfee Foundation, REDCAT, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), The Getty Center, The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS), Newtown, Turbulence.org, CalArts, and The Center for Experiments in Art, Information, and Technology. She was selected as a recipient of a 2013 COLA Fellowship, 2014 CCI Investing in Artists Grant, 2015 Metabolic Studio Chora Council Grant, 2015 CHIME Grant, and a 2019 Artist Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She is currently a year-long resident at Descanso Gardens and will be presenting a culminating exhibition and site-specific performances from July 14 - October 27, 2019.
MFA CalArts (Integrated Media/Film/Video)
MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art (Printmaking)
BA Brown University (Studio Art)
I am grateful for an ever-expanding network of collaborators from every discipline who embrace experimentation and are sensitive to the entirety of an experience within an environment. For the pieces that I direct, I strive to establish a carefully considered framework , conceptually and structurally, that will allow for the space and freedom for my collaborators to fully insert themselves and do what they do best. I try to strike that balance where there's enough direction for a piece to hold its shape but open-ended enough to encourage the maximum amount of exploration and unpredictable discovery.
PLEASE NOTE: This list continues to grow with each project and may not always be complete or up-to-date.
Makoto Taiko Ensemble
Wadada Leo Smith
Shel Wagner Rasch
Cheryl Banks Smith
Bo Sul Kim
TLAXCALA Artist Collective, Mexico