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Kathleen Kim – Social Slur (remote participation)

March 15, 2020

Sunday March 15, 2020
As part of the Social Residency exhibition, untune is proud to welcome an event organized and presented by Kathleen Kim: a public forum is re-cast here as a small workshop conducted via zoom.

4-6pm Group Dialogue and Open Jam (email info at humanresourcesla dot com to join us via Zoom)
8-10pm Live Improv Performance with Wynne Bennett, Guillermo Brown, Kelly Coats, Orlando Greenhill and Kathleen Kim

4-6pm Group Dialogue and Open Jam

Kathleen Kim adds Social Slur to Untune’s Social Residency. The term arose in conversation with Helga Fassonaki, the creator of Social Residency. At the time, Kathleen considered the term a playful albeit literal alliteration. The ambiguous connotation of slur also seemed broad enough to include the group dialogue on social justice themes blurred with music improvisation, that Kathleen contemplated. Later conversations with Helga invoked the multiple meanings of “slur,” from music symbol, inebriated speech, to racial epithet. A new friend, Jennifer Whitson, social psychologist and professor at UCLA, studies power and control in social regulation and the use and recasting of slurs within marginalized groups. We hope she and you join the conversation and explore remote connection with us. Bring your ideas and instruments! (A few instruments will be made available for use by attendees.)

Cancelled: 8-10pm Live Improv Performance

Social Slur ends with a capstone performance by Los Angeles music luminaries Wynne Bennett, Guillermo Brown, Kelly Coats, Orlando Greenhill and Kathleen Kim in a first-time combo.

Wynne Bennett is a virtuoso on keys as well as music composer and producer for Twin Shadow, Janelle Monae and many others. Legendary drummer Guillermo Brown has worked with Reggie Watts, William Parker, and David Ware, to name a few, and is also vocalist, writer and producer for his project Pegasus Warning.

Orlando Greenhill, a master of contrabass and electric bass, is a prolific artist whose discography is so wide ranging it is genre bending and too long to summarize.

Flutist Kelly Coats incorporates voice and effects in her sublime solo music and with groups LA Fog, SheKhan, Doctor 9 and Mi Grupo Favorito.

Kathleen Kim is a violinist and experimental composer who plays and records solo and with groups LA Fog and SheKhan. Kelly and Kathleen are longtime collaborators whose music has been featured at the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Biennale among others.


March 15, 2020
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Human Resources LA
410 Cottage Home
Los Angeles, CA 90012