Cari Ann Shim Sham* is a wild new media artist and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn and enjoys making magical manipulations of light for screens, objects & shapes of all sizes. In 2016 Cari Ann was the first video artist to fully redesign the video/sound/set build of Robert Rauschenberg’s “Shiner” for Trisha Brown’s Set & Reset/Reset. She’s designed and toured her multiple projection video art for dance theater and gallery spaces with David Rousseve, Kevin Williamson and Lionel Popkin at notable venues including Jacob's Pillow, PS 21, Peak Performances, the Joyce Soho, supported by tech residencies at the Krannert, Clarice Smith Art Center, Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC and numerous times at REDCAT for the NOW Festival & RADAR LA. Her cinematic work has screened at Laemmle Sunset 7, Mann Chinese Theater, and the United Nations General Assembly, 160+ festivals internationally including Cannes, Austin, Seattle, Dance Camera West and DFA garnering numerous awards. Moving into the virtual world Shim Sham directed the first Virtual Reality Horror Opera, The Parksville Murders for Opera on Tap, funded in part by Opera America.
In 2017 her video artistry will premiere at the Skirball Center in LA for Lionel Popkin’s Inflatable Furniture, and her video/interactive system for Dance Like No One is Whalewatching, an interactive immersive inflatable installation with Emily Beattie, Eric Gunther and Mary Hale will premiere at the Imagine Festival in October 2017. She’s designing an interactive video art build for the 2018 Strayhorn Project premiere and in early stages of a feature dance film, Twit with David Rousseve.
For the past 10 years She’s curated dance film for Salamanca Moves in Tasmania, Topanga Film Festival, DFA in NYC, the Enroute Dance Film Festival and Dances Made to Order. From 2008-12 she worked as an Editor, Educational Writer and Producer for the first documentary feature film to be shot in every country of the world on the same day, 10.10.10, One Day on Earth. She is the recipient of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, the Chime's Choreographer Mentorship Exchange and was a mentor for the ODC Pilot Program's first ever multi-media residency. She is an Associate Arts Professor of Dance & New Media at NYU TISCH Dance and happily serves as the Photographer/Filmmaker for Translucent Borders directed by Andy Teirstein a working project of the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study. www.cariannshimsham.com