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Marianne M. Kim

Phoenix, AZ   

Marianne M. Kim (b.1970 Seoul) is a Korean American interdisciplinary artist working in screendance, multimedia installation, choreography, and performance art. Her areas of research include the disorienting effects of technologized labor, cultural identity, consumerism, and most recently the forces within industrial food production and promotion that mediate race, gender, and bodies. Her most recent presentations include Athens Video Dance Project, Dance Film Association/Film Society of Lincoln Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, International Screendance Festival at ADF, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Ciné-Corps Festival de Films Sur La Danse in France, The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Feldman Gallery + Project Space in Portland, de la Cruz Collection in Miami, and the Poznan Biennial in Poland. Kim’s short film Martiality, Not Fighting was awarded a Dioraphte Jury Award at Cinedans 2016 in Amsterdam, Best Performance Award at the Voarte – InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in 2014, and Best Short Film at Dance Camera West 2015 in Los Angeles. In the past Kim has been supported with grants and fellowships from EMPAC-Dance MOViE Commission, Jacob K. Javits Foundation, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, NEA/Dance USA, Meet the Composer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Scottsdale Public Arts Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Martiality, Not Fighting

Martiality Not Fighting follows a young Chinese dancer performing the role of conscientious objector. He moves through the pedestrian and the abstract to deliberate the question “to fight or not to fight.” The choreography utilizes iconic images and gestures of martiality as well as combining postmodern dance and the martial arts culture of “Ba Gua Zhang.” With spiraling energy, everchanging spatial interplays and physical exchanges, the choreography deconstructs the external martial art expressions of fighting.

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The Space Between

Supported by Meet the Composer Commissioning Music USA (2010), Composer/Cornetist Rob Mazurek and Video Artist/Choreographer, Marianne M. Kim collaborate on The Space Between, a multimedia interdisciplinary project utilizing sound, video and movement based on the idea of Psychedelic Illumination Drones. As the image and sound develop an ongoing conversation, Mazurek manipulates and accumulates sound layer after sound layer in an attempt to relocate where sound can be experienced and embodied.

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Good Person

Shot in Guangzhou, China, and Los Angeles, GOOD PERSON is a screendance that follows the surreal journey of a single female character moving in and out of abstracted fantasy. The video is loosely based on Bertolt Bercht’s The Good Person of Setzuan. Instead of focusing on the plot of the original play, this video proposes the essence of duality and conflict within one person. The split screen video plays on the theme of duality. How can two images collide and still reflect a single gesture?

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