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film/animation, sound; ink, graphite, acrylic paint)




CONDUIT is a film that explores the overlaps and connections between the activity of running, Korean shamanism, and their shared use of the body as a tool and instrument. Korean shamanism is a practice that aims to achieve a state of communication between heaven and earth, with the shaman as the intermediary. It is a bodily demanding practice as it relies on the constant percussion of a drum and the use of breath and vocalizations in order to communicate (or expel) spirits. It is said that communication with the gods and spirits is achieved only at the height of cacophony, in which those who are present can focus on nothing but their bodies and the sheer noise and chaos of the instruments and voice of the shaman herself. CONDUIT asks what could happen if the heavy footfalls of a run, the rhythmic inhale/exhale patterns of breath, and the emptying of the mind while running begin to mirror the the elements of a Korean shamanic ritual. With the runner then operating as the shaman, the moments of the run wherein they are airborne and wherein they touch the ground are  moments of contact with heaven and earth. A simple run outside then becomes the means to explore, for a fleeting moment of time, alternative states of being.

About this Artist

Lynn Kim

Lynn Kim

Lynn Kim is a Korean American filmmaker and educator who uses live-action and animation techniques to create short films that explore the social conditions and realities of the human body. She is particularly interested in how questions around gender, race, health and sexuality can be explored through metaphorical and abstract means, and her work is often centered in her own body and lived experiences. Her films pull from the fields of biology, poetry, and anthropology to draw connections and metaphorical relationships that question how we navigate the world, with a specific interest in utilizing film as a form of social critique and reflection. She has produced essays, poetry, choreographed movements, and hand drawn animations for her films, and is driven by a desire to create a cinematic experience that is intimate, immersive and sensorial. In the past, her work has materialized in single-channel, multi-channel, and installation formats and shifts through…
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