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Christine Sun Kim

Title Zero

Moderated by Marla C. Berkowitz and Johanna Burton


Photo of Christine Sun Kim in front of beige wall. Christine is wearing glasses and striped shirt

In her talk Title Zero (a Deaf English loanword for “no title”), Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim will share multiple projects that visualize, critique, and contextualize how sound operates in her life and work, as well as its relationship to her Deaf and hearing collaborators, family, and friends.

Kim’s work examines sound and language via musical notations, poetic sound captions from film clips, pie chart drawings, as well as American Sign Language in all its complexities. Her drawings of Deaf rage and other works respond to all-too-frequent experiences of discrimination and inaccessibility and offer profound and humorous insights into issues of social justice and the human condition.

Image of text called "Things that are similar"

Photo: White Space Beijing

Image of hand drawn pie chart with the words "Why I Watched with Closed Captions"

Photo: Peter Harris Studio and MIT List Visual Arts Center

Image of Christine Sun Kim

Photo: Ina Niehoff

A site-specific work with the words Spot Eye drawn above eigth notes on the inside of a architectural opening and skylight

Photo: Zaiye Studio and White Space Beijing

More about the speakers

Christine Sun Kim chevron-down chevron-up

Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. Kim has presented exhibitions and performances at such venues as the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (solo); Ghebaly, Los Angeles (solo); White Space, Beijing (solo); De Appel, Amsterdam (solo); Sound Live Tokyo; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berlin and Shanghai Biennials; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York. More on Christine Sun Kim.

Marla C. Berkowitz chevron-down chevron-up

Marla C. Berkowitz is a senior lecturer in the American Sign Language (ASL) Program at Ohio State and has national certification with the ASL Teachers Association (ASLTA) and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and a state certification with the Supreme Court of Ohio in court interpreting. Marla coauthored Deaf and Hearing Siblings in Conversation, the first text to document the dynamics of deaf and hearing adult sibling relationships from their perspectives.

Johanna Burton chevron-down chevron-up

Johanna Burton is the director of the Wexner Center for the Arts. Burton has curated or cocurated exhibitions including Sherrie Levine: Mayhem at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011); Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2013); Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); and, at the New Museum in New York, XFR STN (2013), Cheryl Donegan: Scenes and Commercials (2016), Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room (2016), A.K. Burns: Shabby but Thriving (2017), and Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2017), among other projects.

She is the editor of Cindy Sherman (October Files, MIT Press, 2006); coeditor, with Shannon Jackson and Dominic Willsdon, of Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (New Museum/ MIT, 2016); coeditor, with Reina Gossett and Eric A. Stanley, of Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (New Museum/MIT, 2018); and coeditor, with Lisa Phillips, Alicia Ritson, and Kate Wiener, of Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker (Getty Research Institute, 2019).

Prior to joining the Wexner Center, Burton held curatorial and educational positions at the New Museum, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Burton was a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow in 2019.

Cosponsored by Ohio State's Department of Art's Visiting Artist Program and the Wexner Center for the Arts with support from Ohio State’s American Sign Language Program and ADA Coordinator’s Office. 

American Electric Power Foundation
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington Bank
Nationwide Foundation

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation


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