Featured in the Project Room is Bars (of Ponge’s “Soap”), an installation by multimedia artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen. Riffing on French poet Francis Ponge’s 1967 work Soap, Kim-Cohen’s installation includes sculptural, audio, and written elements. Generating output in numerous fields and media, Artforum has called Kim-Cohen’s work “collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semifictitious context… an allegory for experimental thinking in general.”
His performances, installations, text, video, and sound works have been presented at Tate Modern, the MCA Denver, Whitechapel Gallery, Audio Visual Arts, and the Singapore Biennial. He has made numerous works for radio, published a novel on Twitter, and made works on the streets of New York, London, and Amsterdam.
Kim-Cohen has published three books, One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (2006), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and Against Ambience (2013). He is working on a book on rock and roll aesthetics.
In the 1990s, he founded the Chicago-based rock bands Number One Cup and The Fire Show, releasing seven full-length albums and performing throughout North America and Europe. After a twelve year absence, Kim-Cohen has recently returned to Chicago. He is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.