Skip to main content

'BUSY DAYS with Christine Sun Kim'

Museums/Institutes De Appel

Schipluidenlaan 12D4
1062 HE Amsterdam
+31 (0) 206255651

Open Wed – Sat 14-18 hrs 

Event 5 May — 20 Aug

Time 6 May, 17-20 hrs


Christine Sun Kim, (still from) LAUTPLAN, 2017

‘BUSY DAYS with Christine Sun Kim’ stages five artistic interventions throughout Amsterdam (and beyond). It presents a concise selection of works by the American artist Christine Sun Kim that explore the medium of sound through technology, performance and drawing. Each of these interventions concerns a particular medium, duration and social context, such as a nightclub, a radio station or an office hallway, and highlights Kim’s singular relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment.

To underscore the multifaceted ways in which the artist comprehends sound, ‘BUSY DAYS with Christine Sun Kim’ consists of a wide range of exhibition strategies:

- INTERVIEW: an interview with Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader
Location: Red Light Radio
Time: Friday 5 May 2017, 14:00 – 15:00
Listen to the broadcast on
Admission: Free

Christine Sun Kim and her frequent artistic collaborator Thomas Mader give a unique interview on Amsterdam’s prime online radio station Red Light Radio. There will be an American Sign Language Interpreter present throughout the interview. 

- LAUTPLAN: a lecture-performance by Christine Sun Kim
Location: Cafeteria, Broedplaats Lely, Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Time: Saturday 6 May 2017, 17:00 – 18:00
Admission: Free

Christine Sun Kim performs a talk about her relationship with the church bells she has been watching from her apartment in Berlin, and how her observations have moved her to evolve her previously held ideas about bells and sound. 

- AVAILABLE SPACES: presentation of two series of drawings by Christine Sun Kim
Location: Hallway to De Appel (thinks), Broedplaats Lely, Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Time: Sat 6 May 2017 – Sun August 20, Tue – Sat, 12:00 – 18:00
Admission: Free

The drawing series ‘Available Spaces for Composers’ (2016) and ‘Just Music’ (2017) develop notations informed by many years of working within sign language interpreters’ sonic parameters and reading captions on television and movies.

- CLOSE READINGS: presentation of ‘Close Readings’ video-installation by Christine Sun Kim and ‘Classified Digits’ video by Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader
Location: De School, Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 3, Amsterdam
Time: Thu 8 June 2017 – Sun 9 July 2017, Tue – Sat, 12:00 – 22:00, and during club nights*
Admission: Free. *Please note however that 
during a club night, you will require a valid club ticket to see the intervention.

The video works ‘Close Readings’ (2016) and ‘Classified Digits’ (2016) playfully subvert film captions by inviting Deaf friends to add their own “sound cues” and American Sign Language storytelling methods by recounting common awkward social situations while utilizing the arm game.

- BUSY DAY: radio broadcast by Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader
Location: Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee
Time: Friday 7 July 2017, 00:00 – Saturday 8 July, 24:00
Listen to the broadcast on
Admission: Free

This re-broadcast of a 24-hour long radio piece collects the contributions of twenty-four participants who were asked to produce a sound recording of one hour in which they were “busy” doing studio time, such as reading, meeting, drawing or even riding on a bus.



Other events

Project Spaces Arti et Amicitiae

Tue - Sun / 12-18 hrs

Date 13 Apr - 19 May

Opening Friday 13 Apr
19:30 hrs


Who Are We Again?

Museums/Institutes Jewish Historical Museum

Daily / 11-17 hrs

Date 19 Jan - 31 May


Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski, Odessa (1989)

Galleries Lumen Travo Gallery

Wed - Sat / 13-18 hrs

Date 14 Apr - 19 May

Opening Saturday 14 Apr
17 - 19 hrs

Project Spaces puntWG

Sat - Sun / 14-18 hrs
+ by appointment

Date 9 Jun - 10 Jun

Opening Saturday 9 Jun
17 - 19 hrs