REVIVAL/50: Jin Hi Kim


REVIVAL/50 is a year-long digital performance series celebrating Augusta Savage Gallery's 50th Anniversary


YouTube premiereFriday, October 16, 2020 4:00 p.m. ET
Online Friday, October 16 through Thursday October 22, 2020


Jin Hi Kim, electric komungo player and composer expresses her duality between Korean ancient roots and American contemporary society this program entitled Meditation and Exceeding. Creating music that juxtaposes Asian myth and aesthetic with American emerging art technology, her solo performance conveys both Buddhism meditative energy and Shamanism spirit of vibration. For the gallery’s REVIVAL/50 series she will introduce her innovative works, Digital Buddha, Saturn’s Rings, Exceeding, and Ghost Komungobot, created on the world’s only electric komungo.

Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso and Guggenheim Fellow composer, began her musical life through studying the 4th century indigenous Korean komungo. She is recognized as a pioneer for introducing her traditionally Korean instrument into the American contemporary music scene and is also known for her extensive solo performances on the world’s only electric komungo with live interactive computer programs in her large-scale mulitmedia performance pieces. Joseph McLellan of The Washington Post wrote, "Her unique vision blends science fiction images, state-of-the-art technology, ancient mythology and timeless music and dance traditions. No other artist is doing work quite like this, and she does it with superb style."

Kim has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Venice Biennale (Italy) and around the world. Peter Waltrous of the New York Times wrote, “Promises thoughtful, shimmering East-West amalgams in combinations that are both new and unlikely to be repeated”

Kim has received Award from the Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, which was created by John Cage and Jasper Johns. She won the Wolff Ebermann Prize at the International Theater Institute, Germany. She is a recipient of MAP fund from Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts commision, Meet The Composer Commissions as well as the artist residence fellowship for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy, Fulbright Specialist to Vietnam, Asian Cultural Council to Japan and Indonesia, and Freeman Artist-In-Residence at Cornell University.