Image by Joey Zaza

Image by Joey Zaza

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a wild artist & prestidigitator, born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1974, now living in Manhattan, freelancing internationally and teaching Dance & Technology at the New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts Dance Department. 

Grateful to have grown up in a house where music always played, my childhood was deeply influenced by watching my mother jitterbug in the kitchen and evening slideshows of my father's photography on the pull down screen. 

Attracted to things that sparkle I am a collector of antique doorknobs, precious stones and a lover of champagne.  Wild edible mushroom hunting is my favorite past time and gets me into nature and the great outdoors. 

Walking with magic and informed by dreams I am working deeply with the veil.

In my free time I enjoy skipping rocks with my family on Lake Erie, cooking for my beloveds, snuggling with my two big fluffy black boy cats, being underwater, or getting swept away by the NYC nightlife. 

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Shimmy teaching Video Art at NYU Image by Joey Zaza

Shimmy teaching Video Art at NYU
Image by Joey Zaza


About the artist...

Cari Ann Shim Sham* is a wild artist working in Virtual Reality, Immersive & Interactive Media Design, Video Art, Dance, Theater and Cinema. Her awards include Best VR as the Director of the Parksville Murders from NYC Indie Film Fest & Best VR from Samsung VR Gallery, Best Director from the First Glance Film Festival & Best Short Doc from St. Louis & Oxford Film Festivals for her film SAND.  Her live work and video art has shown at notable venues such as Jacob's Pillow,The Krannert Center, Clarice Smith Art Center, Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC and REDCAT, and is currently touring with David Rousseve|Reality’s Halfway to Dawn. Her work has exhibited at the Future of Storytelling, the Samsung Developer’s Conference: Samsung VR An Evening in 360, Lincoln Center, BAM, Jacob's Pillow, PS 21, Peak Performances, the Joyce Soho, The Krannert Center, Clarice Smith Art Center, Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC and REDCAT, Laemmle Sunset 7, Mann Chinese Theater, and the United Nations General Assembly, as well as 200+ festivals internationally including Cannes, Austin, Seattle, Dance Camera West & DFA in New York.

Shim Sham recently directed The Last Leaf music video for Joan Baez, and choreographed the music video Gold in the River for Priska Music. She  is currently in prototype development & beta testing on Shimmer an interactive inflatable sea anemone that sings to you, and has begun a new love affair with fiber optics while making a new work for stage, Warning Sirens.  She's continuing work on an inflatable interactive collaborative project  Dance Like No One is Whale Watching which premiered in the fall of 2018 at Earth Dance in the Imagine Fest.  

She is the first video artist to fully redesign the video/sound/set build of Robert Rauschenberg’s “Shiner” for Trisha Brown’s Set & Reset/Reset for NYU Tisch Dance. 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. Her curatorial practice is a decade deep and engages audiences through dance films, virtual reality, and interactive technologies at play.  Shim Sham’s curated dance film programs for Salamanca Moves in Tasmania, Topanga Film Festival in Los Angeles, the NYU Women in Dance Leadership Conference, the Enroute Dance Film Festival, Dance Films Association in NYC. 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. Shim Sham also has worked long term as a programmer and producer with the Topanga Film Festival and stepped up to direct the festival in 2015.

Her cinematography can be seen in David Rousseve’s award winning film, Two Seconds After Laughter, Marta Renzi’s short Besties and 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.

Her favorite place to be is underwater and her current movement practice consists of Contact Improv and free-diving with wild spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. Cari Ann is grateful for the ability to have her work seen in notable venues around the world and for that work to receive its accolades, yet relishes most in that precious process of the making of the art and the longtime collaborations that this process fosters. She is honored to serve as a guide to young artists at NYU, TISCH as an Associate Arts Professor of Dance & Technology.

Shimmy touches the light Photo by Joey Zaza

Shimmy touches the light
Photo by Joey Zaza