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Seth Kim-Cohen



“Like a peg-leg stumbling through a field of bald Uniroyals.”
– Lester Bangs, on the drumming on The Shagg’s album Philosophy of the World

Featuring: Erté deGarces, Leon Hilton, Michelle Hyun, Thomas Mullarney, and Aliza Shvarts.


Seth Kim-Cohen is an artist, writer, musician, and occasional curator. He makes as little distinction between these practices as he can get away with.

His work has been presented at venues in the U.K., North America, and Europe, including Tate Modern, ICA London, Whitechapel Gallery, Peer Gallery, ZKM, Issue Project Room, PS 122, and Grand Projects. But he also makes a lot of work outside of institutional circuits. His work facilitates what Herbert Muschamp once called (apropos of something else) “the spontaneous organization of individuals around the act of paying attention.” He is co-founder of the Unst Collective, which presented twelve weeks’-worth of custom made radio art on ResonanceFM, London in 2005.

Kim-Cohen is the author of In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (Continuum, 2009) and editor/interlocutor of One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (Errant Bodies, 2006). He has published shorter writings in Artforum, Art Review, The Chicago Reader, Pitchfork, and Pop-Stock.

With his bands, The Fire Show and Number One Cup, and as a solo performer, Kim-Cohen has produced eight full-length albums and performed extensively in North America and Europe, at festivals large and small, and on radio, including two sessions for the legendary John Peel.

Kim-Cohen, is curator of Non-Cochlear Sound. He has conceived and organized performances and exhibitions, including: Sound of Heaven and Earth, featuring Luc Ferrari; Open Sound Systems, featuring Alvin Lucier; and Gramophones, Films, Typewriters: Responses to Friedrich Kittler, all at Tate Modern; Aloud/Allowed at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, featuring Olivia Block, John Lely, Eric Roth; and five annual editions of The Cardigan Festival at Lounge Ax in Chicago to benefit AIDS research and treatment.

Seth Kim-Cohen is Director and Assistant Professor of Art and Theory at IDSVA, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. He has also taught at Pratt Institute and Yale. He received his PhD from the London Consortium.

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  1. No Thing Unto Itself: SoundMatter | Words in Space

    […] Kim-Cohen is skeptical such a notion of “sound-in-itself”; his model of a “non-cochlear” art acknowledges both the audible and the “exigencies out of earshot” – the tactile […]

    Oct 21, 2011 @ 5:36 am