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The event will be a conversation between artist Nahee Kim and researcher Jiyoung Kim with a special focus on the artist’s project Daddy Residency. Daddy Residency is a project about Nahee Kim's family planning with their unborn baby and multiple biologically unrelated daddies. The project is Kim's attempt to contemplate how much our norms and desires about family are programmed as ‘natural’ and how Kim, as an individual in the hetero-patriarchal society, can override those. In 2019, in the project's initial phase, Kim publicised their plan to have a baby via IVF and raise the baby with multiple temporary daddies, chosen through an open-call. The applicants’ gender does not matter, they would be compensated for their child-rearing labour.
Nahee Kim (she/they) is an artist, teacher, and web programmer who is performing “nahee.app” on social media. nahee.app is a speculative program that writes itself by interpreting Nahee’s sexual identity, preference and experiences as computational objects. nahee.app creates sex code and documentation and partner matching algorithms by converting mechanisms of existing programming languages and network protocols into provocative interactions. It expands its code about sexual behavior to human reproduction by programming its own experimental family through the project with new forms of intimacy. Nahee is a member of the South Korean artist collective eobchae and a resident artist at Pioneer Works in Fall 2022, was a resident of MassMOCA and a member of NEWINC.
Jiyoung Kim works at Framer Framed (Amsterdam) in public programs and research. In 2020 and 2021, she produced hybrid cultural programs with international collaborators, notably ‘Prevention is Better than Hate’ series, ‘Female Voices’ series and ‘Now Water Can Flow or It Can Crash, My Friend’. In her programming, she attempts to initiate a continuous stream of dialogues around Asia in the Dutch cultural landscape, as well as create junctions between various artistic and academic disciplines. She is currently part of the Action Research team and continuing her research on feminism, identity politics and pop culture in the East Asian political context. She is interested in developing a new methodology of research by creating cross-national, interdisciplinary conversations between Europe and Asia.
The event is realised in collaboration with Framer Framed, Amsterdam. It is part of Temporary Gallery’s study group Forms of Kinship. The series of gatherings aims to think collectively about the way we form relations in and with the world, outside of the nuclear family structure. The meetings take place monthly, in person or online. Each session is led by an invited guest, including artists, thinkers, poets, activists and others. The study group is convened by Kris Dittel (independent curator, Medienkunstfellow NRW) and Aneta Rostkowska (CCA Temporary Gallery).
Daddy Residency Open Call, website, 2019 (http://daddy-residency.com)
Funding and support
Temporary Gallery receives structural funding by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and Deltax contemporary, Wirtschafts- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH.
The event is part of a larger endeavor called "Islands of Kinship: A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions”, in which CCA Temporary Gallery works with six international partner institutions: Jindrich Chalupecky Society (Prague), Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (Riga), Frame Contemporary Art Finland (Helsinki), Julius Koller Society (Bratislava), Faculty of things that can't be learned (Skopje) and Stroom den Haag (The Hague). Islands of Kinship is co-funded by the EU Program Creative Europe.