Cylburn Park, a text movie in two acts by Julia Kim Smith (2014)
Community–it’s no walk in the park.
Synopsis: Cylburn Park is a text movie in two acts inspired by and edited from a Baltimore neighborhood’s Google
Group daily feed and the media’s coverage of it. The texts scroll by at a quick pace as if on a
teleprompter screen and include lively exchanges over ducks and racial profiling, offering different
perspectives from “bitchy” indeed to high-minded and deeply moving. Cylburn Park is relevant today in
Baltimore and beyond as communities struggle to keep it together.
Through my work, I address issues of racism, sexism, misrepresentation, and underrepresentation through traditional and new media. In particular, I am interested in the pervasive influence of the internet and its tools on society. I use both to inform my practice and to question what constitutes truth–and whose truth?
Julia Kim Smith (Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been featured by Angry Asian Man, Animal, artnet News, GQ, Hypebeast, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Ms., Paper Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and international media outlets. Her films have received premieres at Slamdance Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival, Center For Asian American Media CAAMFest, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, and Maryland Film Festival. Smith has exhibited nationally and internationally with new media and feminist artists Renee Cox, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Kate Durbin, Hasan Elahi, Coco Fusco, Poppy Jackson, Rupi Kaur, Sarah Maple, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Phranc, Joyce J. Scott, Annie Sprinkle, Diane Torr, Sue Williams, Martha Wilson, and Barbara Zucker. She is a former A.I.R. Gallery artist, Rubys Artist Grant recipient, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award recipient, two-time Creative Capital semi-finalist, and three-time Sondheim Prize semi-finalist. Smith received her Master of Fine Arts from The University of Michigan where she was the recipient of a Rackham Fellowship.