David Kim cultivates digital, biological and social systems for catharsis and community empowerment as a queer, first-generation, Korean-American artist and educator. His interdisciplinary work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Art in America and the 2010 Venice Biennale. Kim's curatorial practice includes exhibitions at RISD, Brown, Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, International Print Center New York and MU Artspace in Eindhoven.
Formerly a cancer and genetics research scientist, Kim returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and for the Digital + Media MFA program at RISD. In 2014, he was brought on to launch RISD's Co-Works Research Lab program. As a director within the Research & Strategic Partnerships division, Kim guides the development of experimental courses, external collaborations and co-curricular strategies for emerging technologies.
Kim is faculty in RISD’s Sculpture program and has also taught at institutions including Brown, Brandeis, SVA and UCSD since 2009. He currently serves on the boards of directors for Providence-based arts nonprofit organizations Queer.Archive.Work and The Steel Yard. Kim has formerly been the educational director of The Periscope Project, digital effects director for Butterworth Modern Dance Company, and biomedical design consultant for the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.