Love Before Bond

Monday, April 09, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Sung Hwan Kim gives a free, public lecture as part of the Spring 2018 IDS Lecture Series at The Cooper Union, organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada. A contemporary artist born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1975, he currently lives and works in New York. For four years, he was a fellow at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands, making his passion to music a proper added value to his performing art. So the artist concretely integrates his performances playing different characters: musician, artist, editor, performer, narrator, poet, and so on. In his practice, Sung Hwan Kim integrates video and performance art, taking on the role of director, editor, performer, composer, narrator and poet. By approaching his own work from all production angles, his pieces are infused with his own highly subjective vision. His videos and performances seldom tell a linear story. His dream-like films depart from a straight forward story, the scenes shift almost illogically with strong cuts, whilst maintaining an overall narrative and aesthetic coherence.

Sung Hwan Kim received his B.A. in Mathematics from Williams College and an M.A. in Visual Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also studied at Seoul National University in Seoul Korea form 1995-96 within the Architectural and Engineering Program. Selected exhibitions, performances and radio plays include Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (2016); Asia Cultural Center, Gwangju, South Korea (2015); MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2015); Kunsthaus Bregenz,  Bregenz, Austria (2015) and Tate Modern, London, UK (2012). Kim was a guest of the DAAD Artist in Berlin program in 2015 amongst other prestigious international residencies.

The IDS Public Lecture Series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding and support from the Robert Lehman Foundation for the series. The IDS Public Lecture Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Located in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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