Christine Sun Kim
Nap Disturbance

Carroll / Fletcher, London

October 4, 2016

Christine Sun Kim
Nap Disturbance

October 6–9, 2016, daily at 1 & 5pm

Frieze London
L2, Live
Regent’s Park

Nap Disturbance is a new performance piece by the California-born, Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim. Born deaf, Kim’s work—which includes performance, drawing, and video—is often centred on what the artist calls “hearing etiquette,” behaviours she finds herself adopting to remain within the bounds of accepted social interactions in a hearing world. Nap Disturbance grew out of the experience of trying to keep quiet while her partner, who works night shifts, sleeps during the day. This led Kim to reflect on how differently the sounds she produces, and indeed sounds in general, are perceived depending on their context.

In Nap Disturbance, Kim and a group of both deaf and hearing performers explore the sonic range produced by the use of everyday objects, many of which can be found at the fair itself: from stationary to crockery and food packaging. These mundane activities are performed in unison, first quietly and then increasingly loudly, spanning the range of what the artist describes as “polite to not-so-polite.” At once humorous and disarmingly heartfelt, Nap Disturbance highlights the subtle way in which Kim challenges the behavioural standards set by a still hegemonic hearing culture.

New drawings by Christine Sun Kim will be displayed at Carroll / Fletcher for the duration of the fair. To arrange a private viewing please contact the gallery.

Christine Sun Kim (b.1980) holds an MFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts and an MFA in Music and Sound from Bard College. Her recent exhibitions and performances include Rustle Tustle, Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK; Bounce House, Sound Live Tokyo, Japan; Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, USA; Silence, with Chelsea Knight, New Museum, New York, USA; Almost A Score, Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Art, Bristol, UK (all 2015); and Soundings: A Contemporary Score, MoMA, New York, USA (2013). She has been artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum, Haverford College, Southern Exposure, Arnolfini, and the University of Texas Visual Arts Center. She has also been a TED Fellow. In 2015, she was named a Director’s Fellow at MIT Media Lab. She was awarded the SeMA-Hana Media Art Award 2016.

Museum Highlight

October 13, noon4pm
Face Value with Christine Sun Kim
Tate Modern
Christine Sun Kim leads an interactive workshop, drawing on her work as well as basic American and British Sign Language, to explore how seemingly small and fleeting gestures can start or stall our communication with others.

October 15, 6–8pm
Christine Sun Kim in conversation with Aura Satz
Tate Modern
Christine Sun Kim and Aura Satz will examine some of the themes explored in Kim’s “Face Value” workshop. The evening concludes with a screening of the short collaborative film made by workshop participants.

Also at Carroll / Fletcher
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
And yet my mask is powerful

John Wood and Paul Harrison
Some things were recorded 1993-1998
Until October 29

The gallery will be open from 6 to 9pm on October 6 for Frieze West End Night

Carroll / Fletcher
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Karmelo Bermejo, James Clar, Joshua Citarella, Constant Dullaart, Michael Joaquin Grey, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Mishka Henner, Justin Hibbs, Christine Sun Kim, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Eva and Franco Mattes, Manfred Mohr, Evan Roth, Thomson & Craighead, UBERMORGEN, Eulalia Valldosera, Richard T. Walker, John Wood and Paul Harrison

For more information, please contact the gallery by phone: T +44 (0) 20 7323 6111 or by email: info [​at​]

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