Bio / Statement / Practice-Based Research in Art / & BeyondLaura Hyunjhee Kim
is a Korean-American multimedia artist who reimagines on/offline (non)human interactions and feelosophical experiences of the body. Thinking-through-making, she creates performances and performs moments of incomprehension: when language loses its coherence, necessitates absurd leaps in logic, and reroutes into intuitive and improvisational sense-making forms of expression. Bending and blending pop cultural tropes that playfully engage with the amateur aesthetics of the internet, she utilizes consumer electronics in production and draws inspiration from viral memes, lo-fi pop music, found-footage film, and kitschy low-budget commercials. As an avid cross-disciplinary pollinator, collaborator, and storyteller, her ongoing projects thematically focus on blobology, feelosophy, pigeonology, and digital technology.
Kim has shown work around the world, recently including the Transfer Gallery, Pioneer Works, Telematic Media Arts, Harvestworks, Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Athens Digital Art Festival, Centro Cultural São Paulo, and The Wrong Biennale. Her projects have also appeared in the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology collection, The Denver Post, Westword, ArtSlant, Hyperallergic, KQED, Daily Serving, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Creators Project. She was in the 2020-2021 revival of the Got Milk?
campaign and her social media performance was broadcasted nationwide on TV and various online streaming services. Kim was an artist in residence at the Internet Archive (2017), Korea National University of the Arts (2017), and Electrofringe (with libi rose striegl as the collaborative duo sharing turtle™
Kim’s music video art SHARING IS CARING
received the inaugural ArtSlant Award in New Media (2013) and her short feature video Marvelous Miramol
was the first moving image to receive the Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee’s Sally Owen Marshall Best in Show Award (2010). In 2019, she received the New Media Caucus Distinguished Scholar Award. In 2020, she was a recipient of the Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award and also the Black Cube Video Art Award for her video Cricket World
Kim is the author of Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs
(The Accomplices / Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2019) and the coauthor of Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object from the Onto-tales of the Digital Afterlife
(Open Humanities Press
Kim collaborates with numerous multidisciplinary artists and researchers including: Chris Corrente (on sound / music / creative direction), libi rose striegl
(on sharing turtle™
), Surabhi Saraf
, Caroline Sinders
, Marcus Brittain Fleming
, Mariah Hill (on Centre for Emotional Materiality
), Mark Amerika
and ACI: Artificial Creative Intelligence
), Kevin Sweet
), and Thomas Riccio
(on Blue Jelly
Kim received a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA from the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute, and PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) from the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Kim lives and works in the company of neighboring birds, squirrels, and wild rabbits of Texas.