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Meet Taehee Kim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taehee Kim.

Taehee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a multi-media artist based in LA and Seoul working with sound, video, performance, and digital interactive technologies.

I started my career as a visual designer and motion graphic designer in Seoul, South Korea. I enjoyed and learned a lot while I was in the broadcasting industry, but at the same time, I wanted to challenge myself to join a more active, self-driven, and creative world. So, I decided to enroll in the MFA Art and Technology program at CalArts.

I met a lot of amazing artists at CalArts and was able to be fully exposed to a completely different environment that I’ve never had before both artistically and culturally. I recently graduated. Now I’m working on several different projects for upcoming exhibitions and working for a blockchain company. Also, I’m trying to make the art and tech community bigger with other artists in LA.

We’d love to hear more about your artwork. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create immersive, interactive installations. My work investigates philosophical ideas around cognition by challenging technology. I’m interested in the possibilities beyond human’s perception and the notion of nothingness and suchness based on my cultural, personal experience.

For instance, site-specific interactive installation ‘Sentient Space’ was experimenting with the space by animating the whole room with the human body, touch sensor wires, generated video, sound, and the ancient technology dowsing. I focused on delivering the boundaries between existence and non-existence of nothingness and somethingness that the space has.

Another sound installation ‘The Butterfly Dream’ is based on the famous story by a Taoist philosopher Zhuang Zhou. It was inspired by my personal experience with an IV in an emergency room which was a cognitive transformative moment for me. The installation is consisted of several IV poles, conductive ink, radio, found objects and more.

I hope people can ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ my work in a multi-dimensional way rather than just ‘see’ the work. I really hope art is for everyone without any boundaries.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
It depends on which period contemporary artists are compared with. I think the role of artists definitely has become more diverse and closer to the audience, but I see still lots of limitations in Art.

For me personally, political events and cultural issues affect me a lot but those work more as an inspiration in my works rather than showing directly as a result.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have several shows coming up. You can see a new piece in DTLA in early 2020. You can see more works on my website and check the dates from my social media, or feel free to contact me any time. Always welcome for collaboration or anything. I would appreciate it if more people come see my work and talk about it and share what they think.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.taehee-kim.com
  • Email: taeheest@gmail.com
  • Instagram: taehee.arts
  • Facebook: taehee.kim.31

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