Andrea Shinyoung Kim is a documentary media artist and scholar currently researching and writing in the greater Los Angeles area.
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With a B.A. in Literature from Duke University and a M.Sc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, Kim applies both a critical and progressive sensibility for emerging arts practices in her work. As a filmmaker and advocate for health equity, she directed The (In)visible Organ, a 50-min documentary about biomedical innovation and inner reproductive health. Continuing her explorations of technologies of virtuality, her current research focuses on the design of culturally informed virtual worlds and the impact that racial and gender representations in cyberspace have in everyday life. As a documentary media artist, Andrea draws from mixed media ranging from video, 3D animation, performance, and VR, with works exhibited in various transmedia spaces.
As a former research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the Co-Creation Studio, Kim researched new documentary forms with a particular focus on collaborative, interactive, and immersive storytelling. Kim’s graduating thesis at MIT analyzed techno-orientalist body politics in social VR, focusing on bias in user-generated avatars. On her 2021-22 fellowship with Fulbright Korea, she explored storytelling models from Mugyo (animist spiritual practice) and traditional mask dance plays and its applicability to “third space” worldmaking, or spacemaking, using XR. Andrea continued to develop this project as a 2022-23 CultureHub Resident Artist and Annenberg Graduate Fellow at USC’s Media Arts and Practice PhD program.
email: andreask [at] usc [dot] edu