- One Week of Lullabies for Roux
- © 2018 Christine Sun Kim. Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
- Mediums Description
- seven tracks, sound
- Performing arts — music — voice
- Object Number
Through her art, Kim encourages audiences to attend to the links between music and meaning, sound and other senses, perception and interpretation, and various modes of communication. She uses scores, graphical notation and text, and performance and media installations to explore how she and the larger Deaf community establish their own relationships to the world of sound.
Kim wrote a text score for One Week of Lullabies for Roux, guiding seven friends (who were also parents) as they composed original soothing soundtracks for coaxing her own newborn, Roux, to sleep. Kim's instructions called for lullabies without lyrics that emphasized low frequencies, so she would be able to monitor and feel comfortable about the audio she was introducing into her baby's "sound diet." The artist-designed bench evokes a color-coded weekly pillbox, suggesting these songs are daily medicine.
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