Laura Hyunjhee Kim

Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Global Performance Studies
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Tags: Contemporary Art Interdisciplinary Art Art and Technology Art and Performance Writing ARTS VPAS Multimedia Performance Digital Performance Video Art Digital Art New Media Art Intermedia Art Performance Art Internet Art Feelosophy Blobology Social Media Art Artist Creative Collaboration Cross-disciplinary Collaboration

Professional Preparation

PhD - Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance
University of Colorado Boulder - 2021
MFA - New Genres
San Francisco Art Institute - 2012
BS - Art
University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2009


Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs 2019 - Publications
Remixing Persona: An Imaginary Digital Media Object from the Onto-Tales of the Digital Afterlife (co-authored with Mark Amerika) 2019 - Publications

Additional Information

Laura Hyunjhee Kim's multimedia practice-based research in art investigates on/offline (non)human interactions and feelosophical experiences of the body. Spanning from video art, digital art, new media art to writing, she centers the body as a medium to perform moments of incomprehension: when language loses its coherence, necessitates absurd leaps in logic, and reroutes into intuitive and improvisational sense-making forms of expression. As an avid cross-disciplinary pollinator, collaborator, and storyteller, her ongoing projects thematically focus on blobology, feelolosophy, emotions, social robots, artificial intelligence, social media, networked and digital technologies. 

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’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 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™, 2019). She collaborates with numerous multidisciplinary artists and researchers including: Chris Corrente (on sound and music), libi rose striegl (on sharing turtle™), and Surabhi SarafCaroline Sinders, Marcus Brittain Fleming, Mariah Hill (on Centre for Emotional Materiality).

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, 2019).

Kim received a PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Towards a Feelosophy of Art, 2021). She 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.
Kim's work encapsulates a sensibility of pop culture from both regions [US and South Korea]. Her videos offer a meta ventriloquism that harks back to the likes of Max Headroom, but with a visual touch of Lisa Frank. - Dorothy S. Santos, Bay Area Digitalists, 2015

Read this book! It is full of wonders. I love the way it takes theory-izers (Haraway, Hugo Ball, Solnit, Adorno, Jung, Arendt…) and playfully inflects them as blobists—which is to say that Laura Hyunjhee Kim shows how great thinking/writing is quite often a wrestling with the ubiquitous presence of the morphing, ubiquitous shape of a blob. – Jane Bennett, author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, 2019