Jack Straw Productions

an interactive sound scultpture by


Exhibition Dates: May 12-June 23, 2006
Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
Exhibition extended to July 28. 2006.
Kichul Kim, a sculptor by training, follows an artistic path in the pursuit of this basic idea: If I see the sound, I can reach Nirvana. He has worked with this concept for more than ten years.

RAPPORT, Kim’s premiere work in the US, is a continuation of his "Looking Sound" projects that explore the physical and visual manifestation of sound. Previous works in this vein include 11 FACES, RAIN, and SOUND LOOKING. Rapport is an interactive sculpture - it moves when it "hears" sound.

Kichul Kim, who holds a BFA and an MFA degree from Hong-Ik University, Korea, has taught sculpture and computer graphics at Korean universities, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and was a sound director for two Korean companies. He has had three solo exhibitions and participated in over 40 group exhibitions in Korea.

Kim came to the United States to study Audio Production at the Art Institute of Seattle from 2003 to 2005. At Art Institute, he took courses such as Acoustics, Music Theory, Electronics, Recording and Microphone Techniques, Audio for Digital media, Html, and 3D application, in the hopes of finding inspiration to pursue his sound art career. When Kim attended the Human Computer Interaction workshop at Stanford University in the summer of 2005, it changed his artistic path. There he acquired the use of specific technologies and computer programs related to sound: Electronics, C language for AVR, and Pure Data.

But with all these electronic and digital tools, Kim still asked himself, "Do you really need technology or do you need art?"

He says this in his artist statement:

"Although my first goal was to obtain a broad knowledge of sound technology, I started to feel that if I only paid attention to technological aspects, I would lose my perceptions as an artist. Technology is a crucial ingredient to my work, but ultimately, it is not the defining part. I finally awoke to the fact that my role is as a sculptor not as a scientist."

Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies of up to 3 months are a combination of applicants from our annual call for applicants, and exhibits by invited artists. As part of their residency, gallery artists receive up to 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers.

Jack Straw Productions thanks the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the 4Culture King County Lodging Tax, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital sup ort of our programs and services.

View archived pages of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, as well as artists' documentation:

Fences/Borders by Richard Lerman, Fall 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Archival Investigations
by Trimpin, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Maps & Legends by Tania Kupczak, Fall 2005 ~ JSP Archive
The Four Dignities by Rene Yung & Janice Giteck, Summer 2005 ~ JSP Archive
Organic Plan
by Kristin Tollefson, Spring 2005 ~ JSP Archive
String Quartet #2
by Joe Diebes, Winter 2005 ~ JSP Archive
YÍJÛ: songs of dislocation by Byron Au Yong, Fall/Winter 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ yijusongs

Untitled by Iole Alessandrini, Summer/Fall 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ iole.org
dislocator by Randy Moss, Spring 2004 ~ rmoss.com
Searching for a Quiet Place: Turnbull Bay by Jesse Paul Miller, Winter 2003/04 ~ jesse paul miller
Precisely Known, Completely Lost by Perri Lynch, Fall 2003 ~ Velocity Made Good
Chamber Music by Steve Roden, Summer 2003 ~ inbetweennoise.com
Klavier Nonette by Trimpin, Spring 2003
Revisiting Septermber 11, 19[72] by Mark Polishook & Lisa Hutton ~ revisiting
Perfect Pitch by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2002 ~ Press Release
and there was concrete skin for your face by Maureen Whiting, Spring 2002
~ Maureen Whiting Company
7Ply - Plywood and Memory by Don Fels, Winter 2001/02
Soundescapes by Matthew Bauer
Salmon Song by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2001 ~ Salmon Song
Heard Said by Stuart Keeler, Spring 2001
Uroborous - Light and Sound by Bret Battey, Fall 2000 ~ Bret Battey
Dream Time Pieces by Stuart Dempster and Renko Ishida Dempster, Spring 2000
Nearly Seen, Closely Heard by Susie Kozawa and Jesse Minkert, Winter 1999/2000


Jack Straw Productions
Kichul Kim and Rapport. Photo by Kichul Kim.