Disorientalism, a collaboration between Asian-American artists Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim, studies the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism. Through live performance, video, and photographic projects, Disorientalism explores how these forces mediate race, gender, and bodies. In character, the Disorientals expose our hapless submersion in junk culture, and our failed attempts to rationalize it by mistakenly resorting to industriousness and work.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Food Groups: Quality is Our Recipe at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2013), Disorientalism: Ready Mix at the Girls’ Club Collection in Miami (2013), Disorientalism: Brown Bagging at ArtSpace West at ASU in Phoenix (2012), Disorientalism: Ready Mix at the Feldman Gallery + Project Space in Portland (2011), and Disorientalism: The ABC’s at ArtSpace West at ASU in Phoenix (2008). Group exhibitions include Fire/Sky/Water…Reproduction at the de la Cruz Collection in Miami, Everyday Charms at O Cinema in Miami, Mediations at the Poznan Biennial, The Affect Factory at New York University, and Dis-Robed at The Wassiac Project. Behar and Kim have individually been supported with grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund, NEA/Dance USA, Meet the Composer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig.
Katherine Behar is a media and performance artist living in New York. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches New Media and Interdisciplinary art.
kb [at] katherinebehar [dot] com
Marianne M. Kim
Marianne M. Kim is an artist and educator working in dance, theatre, and video art. She is She is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Department.
marianne [dot] kim [at] asu [dot] edu