Rising Voices Interview: Hana Kim

Hana Kim’s work as a projection designer provides a brand new dimension to the 4 Perelman Theater concert events in our Rising Voices Challenge. Full textual content translations might be paired with nonetheless and shifting pictures, projected on a big display behind the artists, providing audiences a compelling solution to observe the narrative and emotional arc of every track. We spoke with Hana about her work and the way her expertise immigrating to America has formed her ideas on the mission.

Erik Petersons: Inform us about your work as a projection designer and provides us an concept of what the live performance expertise might be like.

Hana Kim: As a projection designer, I assemble immersive visible environments to assist inventive storytelling. For Rising Voices, it’s particularly thrilling as a result of we might be touring by way of totally different historic eras and their themes every evening, but all 4 concert events create a much bigger arc to look at the function of artwork songs in expressing each particular person and nationwide identification. I’m creating a visible language for every program that may stand alone, however can also be subtly linked by way of the event of the entire mission.

A lot of the works are based mostly on poems which motivates me to consider poetry’s visible language. Quite than merely illustrating the story, I’m thinking about exploring the impact of projections when intertwined with the soundscape and its related poetry. How summary does it have to be? Is it a juxtaposition of opposing pictures? Additionally it is essential for shifting pictures to have a rhythm that enables the music to breathe, fairly than overwhelming the viewers with an overload of pictures.

[projection design for Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared]

EP: How has your expertise immigrating to America formed your ideas on this mission?

HK: I’m initially from Seoul, South Korea, a largely homogenous society. Coming to the U.S. gave me a chance to look at my very own identification, being surrounded by so many individuals from totally different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Immigrating to a rustic is like re-living a life. It amplified the sense of the world round me. The smallest issues want nice consideration to decode, leading to a number of interpretations. On the similar time, whereas I used to be inspecting my very own private identification and looking for my very own voice, it additionally made me conscious of Korea’s personal geo-political positioning within the world society.

What excites me to work in reside efficiency is that I get to recreate this amplified, multi-sensory expertise to inform tales. I’m particularly within the chemistry between the sense of area and the shifting picture. Going again to the problem of defining myself as an immigrant, all these questions need to don’t with the summary, however the very concrete nature of my very own existence as a human being within the context of this nation. It’s thrilling for me that we’re trying into a really private expression of identification by way of artwork track, but it’s curated to take a look at the larger societal and political backdrop as properly.

Hana Kim’s projection design might be featured in any respect 4 Rising Voices concert events on the Perelman Theater. For extra details about Ms. Kim’s work, go to her web site.


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