Cari Ann Shim Sham

Arts Professor

Cari Ann Shim Sham

cari ann shim sham* is a wild artist. Her work explores circular movement's relationship to magic, self portraiture as critique, interactions with technology, the power of asking questions and the possibility of the experiment. She often works in the nude. She's spent 2.5 decades working in cinema, curation and new media with a focus on dance. Having recently joined the web 3, crypto art, nft revolution shim sham* co-founded a digital museum with Joey Zaza in 2020 and has created several works for the blockchain . Her newest work is a generative project on fxhash, and most of her nfts are gifs housed on the Tezos blockchain. Her museum, The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art is finishing up a second year of online programming with six exhibitions and is heading into hosting the second mowna Biennial in 2023. Known for her award winning films, XR immersive interactive digital inflatable installation exhibits and her VR and video art she has toured solo and with various dance theater companies internationally. More recently she is exploring inflatable architecture as empathy generators, bio-plastics, web3, generative art, and NFTs. With Joey Zaza she founded mowna, the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art in 2020, a digital museum that exists to provide an international online platform for the most timely, diverse, and preeminent artists in the world. Together with Zaza and IV she developed an AI curator for the mowna exhibit "This Show is Curated by a Machine". As a curator she creates equitable spaces that cultivate new ideas for sustainable arts practices. With a curation practice over a decade point five deep, her commitment offers free submission and innovative programming for new artists with a focus on dance film, vr, ar, xr, nfts, web3 and interactive installation.

Teaching students how to ask questions, experiment, and to understand and be creative with code and software is at the heart of her pedagogy. She is actively engaged in the disruption of negatively addictive crowd sourced platforms that expect user generated content for free in a scheme to sell advertising to manipulate & influence its users and has developed conversations, workshops and designed a class thru the former NYU Provost Katherine Fleming's, Big Ideas initiative around this topic titled "The Ethics of Big Tech and Social Media: Technoethics".  Grateful to have her work seen in notable venues around the world and for the accolades received, Shim Sham relishes most in that precious process of making the art and the longtime collaborations that this process fosters.

Her most recent film "pandemic statements" is screening nationally at festivals and conferences and her immersive, interactive, inflatable XR and VR artwork & research has exhibited at the Future of Storytelling, the Samsung Developer’s Conference: Samsung VR An Evening in 360 in SF, the CHI Conference in Montreal, the VR Haunted Carnival at the Salem Horror Fest and the Imagine Festival at Earth Dance. Her awards include Best VR from NYC Indie Film Fest 2018 & Best VR from Samsung VR Gallery 2018 for Directing “The Parksville Murders”, an episodic virtual reality horror opera, Best Director from the First Glance Film Festival & Best Short Doc from St. Louis & Oxford Film Festivals for her short dance film SAND along with a Telly Award for Cinematography and a Telly Award for Music Video for, My First Big Break which she choreographed and assistant directed. Her live work and video art has shown at notable venues such as Jacob's Pillow, BAM, PS 21, Peak Performances, the Joyce Soho The Krannert Center, Clarice Smith Art Center, Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC, REDCAT Los Angeles and she was commissioned by the Trisha Brown company to be the first video artist to redesign the set/sound and video art of Rauschenberg's Shiner for Set & Reset, Reset. Her film work has screened at Laemmle Sunset 7, Mann Chinese Theater, and the United Nations General Assembly, and 200+ festivals internationally including Cannes, Austin, Seattle, Dance Camera West and DFA. Four of her short dance films were recently acquired and distributed by Routeledge. She was an Associate Producer and one of the editors for the feature documentary One Day on Earth, the first crowd sourced cinematic event to be filmed in every country of the world on the same day, 10.10.10 and winner of the record breakers award for largest premiere and the Vimeo Social Change Award. She is a recipient of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, the Chime's Choreographer Mentorship Exchange and was the first multi-media mentor for the San Francisco ODC Pilot Program and was an artist in residence at Santa Monica College and at Barnard's Movement Lab. Her curatorial practice is two decades deep and engages audiences through dance films, virtual reality, and interactive technologies at play. Her programming, curation and screening committee work for film festivals began with the Topanga Film Festival as producer, curator 2010-16 and for which she served as Director of the Festival in 2014-15. She has a longstanding collaboration with Cinecorps in France as a curator and more recently as a programer and facilitator overseeing a VR Hackathon in Paris in 2018 and a Dance Film Marathon in Rennes in 2019. She was at Salamanca Moves in Tasmania as a mover in residence in 2015 and short film programmer, DFA as a guest curator of dance shorts and moderator for a panel and Dance Camera West as a screening committee member from 2007-11. Her cinematography can be seen in David Rousseve’s award winning film, Two Seconds After Laughter, Marta Renzi’s shorts and the feature film Her Magnum Opus, The Fez by Roxxanne Shelaby, her own short Chicken Boy, Opera on Tap’s Running for Opera episodes and The NYU Global Institute for Advanced Studies Translucent Borders Project.

Selected Awards

2018        Samsung Staff Pick            Parksville Murders    Samsung VR Gallery    

2017        Best VR                              Parksville Murders    NYC Indie Film Festival

2014        Staff Pick Award                 My First Big Break    Vimeo    

Selected Grants

2019        Dean's Grant                       Shimmer                   NYU

2019        Live Arts Boston                   See/Be Seen            The Boston Foundation

2018        Immersive Opera Project      Parksville Murders    Opera America

2017         Dean's Grant                        Shimmer                    NYU

2017        New England Dance Fund    DLNOWW                  NEFA, Boston, MA

2017        Live Arts Boston Grant          DLNOWW                  Boston Foundation, MA

2016        Next Steps Boston Dance     DLNOWW                  Boston, MA

2016        Artist Development Grant      Shimmer                     NYU

2016        Opera America Grant            Parksville Murders      Opera America


Artist in Residence

2021             Synapse Dance Company  Santa Monica College            LA, CA

2019-20        Barnard Motion Lab            Barnard, Columbia                 New York, NY


2019        Routeledge Perf Archive    SAND, Are You For Real    World Wide Non Exclusive

2019        Routeledge Perf Archive    Chicken Boy, Powder    World Wide Non Exclusive

2018        Jaunt VR        Parksville Murders    Jaunt VR World Wide

2018        Inception VR        Parksville Murders    Inception VR World Wide

2017-18        Samsung VR Gallery    Parksville Murders    Samsung World Wide

2012-18        Short Film Intl.        SAND            itunes

2012-18        itunes & Amazon        One Day on Earth    itunes & Amazon World Wide