Screening Videos by Soun-Gui Kim

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Still from "Sans Nom" (Soun-Gui Kim, 1995) courtesy of the artist
We are very pleased to welcome artist Soun-Gui Kim for a very rare screening of her video works including “Bonjour Nam-June-Paik II”, a 1984 performance of Kim with Nam-June Paik, and “John Cage, Empty Words” with Cage performing/reading his text composition in 1986 in Marseille, France. The Korean-born, French artist has been working with video and installation since the 1970s, and over the years has collaborated and performed not only with Cage and Paik, but also French philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Derrida. 

Soun-Gui Kim is currently in the US for the opening of her solo exhibition “Soun-Gui Kim in dialogue with Cage, Derrida, and Nancy” at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. Kim will be available for Q&A after the screening. 

“[…] Soun-gui’s experiment is also an experiencing of the voyage through art itself, through this singular apparatus we call “art” and its recent history ; a passage until the other side, where the “artist” no longer achieves “a work of art” but performs something else, still to be named by us, if it is to be named at all. Such an experiment which is that of contemporary art as a whole, is made by Soun-gui in her very own way, as an experiencing of fading out. Each time, her time is one of dissolution, disappearance, evading or erasing. Of an angle closing up or the aperture being shuttered, of a sliding to the side, off screen or into the digital decomposition deep into the monitor or deep into the picture itself. Maps are cast into deep shadows, photographs become blurred, screens melt down, noises die away, figures thin out and the frog jumps off.” – Jean-Luc Nancy, from "Experiencing Soun-Gui" 

“Soun-Gui Kim in dialogue with Cage, Derrida, and Nancy” at the Slought Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) runs from December 6 through January 18, 2014. 
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Soun-Gui Kim moved to Paris in 1971 after completing art studies at Seoul National University. Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Adelaide, Australia; the Museum of Modern Art, Austria; the Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi, Bosnia; Fukui International video Biennale, Fukui ; «Japan 87 Video T.V Festival», Tokyo, Japan ; DAAD gallery, Berlin and Kunsthaus, Hamburg ; the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Sonje Center, Seoul and the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea; the Centre George Pompidou and the Fondation Cartier in Paris; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France; the San Diego Art Museum in California; and the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. Soun-Gui Kim works and lives in Paris. 

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