Carnegie Mellon University

Sujin Kim - Artist’s Talk

CAS Speaker Series

November 13, 5:00pm
CFA 303

Sujin Kim is an experimental filmmaker and an assistant professor of Animation at Arizona State University. Kim received her MFA in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a concentration in CGI. Her MFA thesis, ‘Unforgotten,’ is an animated film that amplifies survivor testimonies of military sexual slavery during World War II. It received the 2021 Student Academy Award, earning first prize in the Animation category. Her artistic pursuits are centered around the subversion of dominant film language through alternative modes of storytelling and the ever-expanding parameters of animation as a medium, leveraging unique cinematic expressions that are challenging to be achieved through live-action films. Kim's experimental films have been screened in 50+ film festivals across the globe, including the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the European Film Academy Award-qualifying International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and the Oscar-qualifying RiverRun International Film Festival. Her work has also been featured at top-tier international art and technology conferences, including 2022 ISEA and 2022 SIGGRAPH Asia.


In her upcoming artist talk, Kim will delve into her journey in experimental animation, a voyage that has seen her boldly pushing the boundaries of the animation medium in her creative efforts to explore unique aesthetics in moving images. Her exploration has encompassed various techniques, ranging from hand-drawn and digital animation to the immersive world of 3D animation, extending even to a mixed-media approach incorporating style transfer algorithms. She will also share her conviction in the profound potential of animation as a medium to influence and reshape societal perceptions and amplify the voices of marginalized individuals.

Co-sponsored by: College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office, Department of Modern Languages, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Humanities Scholars Program, IDeATe, and the School of Art