Seth Kim-Cohen is an artist, musician, and critic. He makes as little distinction between these practices as he can get away with. His work leverages music as a cultural signifier to interrogate our social, economic, and political assumptions. He has presented work at venues spanning the cultural spectrum, from CBGBs, the 100 Club, Maxwell’s, and Lounge Ax, to Tate Modern, The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Singapore Biennial.
Kim-Cohen’s 2012 solo exhibition, Tomorrow Is The Question? Is The Question!, at Audio Visual Arts in New York, was described in Artforum as “collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semifictitious context… an allegory for experimental thinking in general.”
Kim-Cohen has published two books, In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (Continuum 2009), which Christoph Cox has called “a landmark book with which any future theory of the sonic arts will need to contend;” and One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (Errant Bodies 2006). His new e-book, Against Ambience, will be published by Bloomsbury in late-2013.
In the 1990s, he founded the rock bands Number One Cup and The Fire Show, releasing seven full-length albums and performing throughout North America and Europe.
He was briefly quadriplegic and John Peel once bought him a beer.
Kim-Cohen received his PhD in the Philosophy of Art from the London Consortium, University of London. He has taught at Yale, Pratt, and IDSVA. He is currently a Full-Time Visiting Artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.