Interview: Christine Sun Kim

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In July 2021, artist Christine Sun Kim joined Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of Art Night in the MIF Live studio to discuss Captioning The City, a captivating citywide public artwork that showed Manchester in a new dimension.

For MIF21, Christine Sun Kim installed captions across Manchester – not on TVs and monitors but vast physical captions on streets and buildings, designed to be sought out on purpose or discovered by chance. Playful, powerful and political, Captioning the City invited us to consider what makes up the essence of a city – and to experience our world in a whole new dimension.

Christine Sun Kim is a US-born, Berlin-based artist whose work considers how sound operates in society. Her practice uses everything from written text and musical notation to American Sign Language to explore her relationship to sound, verbal language and the wider environment.