a wild artist & prestidigitator, born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1974, now living between Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY, freelancing internationally and teaching Dance & Technology at NYU, 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 and 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.
I am grateful for the ability to have my work seen in notable venues around the world and for that work to receive its accolades, yet I relish most in that precious process of making the art and the longtime collaborations that this process fosters.
In my free time I enjoy skipping rocks with my family on Lake Erie, hanging out with friends on my porch in Brooklyn, getting my hands dirty in the garden, cooking for my beloveds, moving my body, playing my ukulele, taking photographs, snuggling with my two big fluffy black boy cats, being underwater, free diving with dolphins, making art or being swept away by the NYC nightlife.
About the artist...
Cari Ann Shim Sham* is a wild artist & prestidigitator living between Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY whose main interest is moving bodies, light and technology to move minds. Known for strong surreal images and precise rhythm of the edit, her visual artistry, opens up the viewer's body through emotional sensation, powerful visuals, provocative sound and engaging movement. Her film work has screened at Laemmle Sunset 7, Mann Chinese Theater, the United Nations General Assembly, and over 200 festivals internationally including Cannes, Austin, & Seattle, garnering numerous awards including Best VR from the NYC Indie Film Fest, Best Director from the First Glance Film Festival & Best Short Doc from St. Louis & Oxford Film Festivals for her film SAND, Best Experimental Short from the New Orleans Film Festival for Two Seconds After Laughter, and the World’s Largest Premiere from Record Breakers along with the Vimeo Social Change Award for One Day on Earth, the first documentary film to be shot in every country of the world on the same day.
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. Her live work and video art has shown at Jacob's Pillow, PS 21, Peak Performances, the Joyce Soho, Dixon Place, Human Resources LA with supporting technical residencies at The Krannert Center, Clarice Smith Art Center, Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC and REDCAT. 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. Shim Sham Directed the Topanga Film Festival in 2015, with the theme Technology at Play, to address the quickly growing field of technology that surrounds cinema. 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 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 and Cinecorps in Paris.
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.
This year Shim Sham* is developing video artistry for a piece about Billy Strayhorn by David Roussève which will premiere in the Fall of 2018 at Redcat in LA and BAM in NYC. She's also continuing work on an immersive inflatable interactive installation about Orca Whales with Emily Beattie which premiered this past fall at the Imagine Fest. She’s directing a Virtual Reality Episodic Horror Opera project, The Parksville Murders, for Opera on Tap which recently was distributed by Samsung and won Best VR from the NYC Indie Film Fest. In 2018 she's begun new research with Maria Lantin from Emily Carr University on experiments with choreographing technology and the exploration of the inherent dance within technology. She is over the moon delighted to be an Associate Arts Professor of Dance & Technology in the Dance Department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts while serving as the Filmmaker/Photographer for the “Translucent Borders,” project of the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study directed by Andy Teirstein.