Exploring Airborne Microplastics: Participatory Artistic Research workshop

Airbourne Macroplastics

Meeting point in the courtyard of the Museum Pankow:

Kultur- und Bildungszentrum Sebastian Haffner Hof
Prenzlauer Allee 227/228
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Saturday 7th May

Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic found everywhere across the planet. The majority of plastic in the environment today is made from petrochemicals. Released into the environment continuously for decades, plastic and microplastic particles accumulate. As long-lived traces of human activity, microplastics can now be detected almost everywhere – even in the remotest areas. Building on her previous DIY research into microplastics in soil and water ecosystems and how they coexist with trees and rocks, join artist Kat Austen for these first explorations into catching airborne microplastics using adapted fog-catchers.

Presented in the context of the NEUSTART Kultur funded installation of Stranger to the Trees in Großer Wasserspeicher in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, this workshop involves participatory research into the reverberations of petrochemical products.

Registration: studio@katausten.com

Palaeoplasticene at Bozar Centre for Fine Art

Palaeoplasticene (Taphonomy detail, 2022)

Palaeoplasticene Platform and Installation will be shown in the Colliding Epistemes exhibition

Bozar Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels 

Exhibition Period: 6.5.2022-19.6.2022

Public opening 5th May 6:30pm

Panel Discussion: Shifting grounds of art-science collaborations in the age of a planetary crisis

5-6:30 pm, 5th May

Kat will also partipate in the panel discussion alongside Chus Martinez (Head of the Institute of Art Gender Nature of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland, ES), and Markos K. Digenis (marine biologist, GR), moderated by Maja & Reuben Fowkes (curators, UK).

Double Exhibition and Performance Großer Wasserspeicher, Berlin

We are delighted to announce the double exhibition of Stranger to the Trees and This Land is Not Mine at the Großer Wasserspeicher, Berlin, alongside a live performance of This Land is Not Mine album and new workshop.

Stranger to the Trees (2020) at 19th Media Art Biennale WRO, Wrocław. Photo: Andreas Baudisch

Exhibition Information

22nd April 2022 – 8th May 2022
Großer Wasserspeicher
Belforter Straße, 10405 Berlin

Exhibition opening: 22/04/2022, 6-10 pm, Großer Wasserspeicher

Opening hours: 23/04–08/05/2022, 12-8 pm daily, Thursdays 12–10 pm

This Land is Not Mine is premiering in the context of the Fossile Erfahrung exhibition by Prater Gallery in conversation with the solo exhibition of Stranger to the Trees in collaboration with post-gallery.online, presented in the context of Neustart Kultur. 


Kat will perform the entire This Land is Not Mine album in the Kleiner Wasserspeicher on the Berlin Gallery Weekend.

Performance premiere, Wendish Museum, Cottbus, August 2021. Photo: Andreas Baudisch

More info: Performance Evening with Kat Austen and Elske Rosenfeld

30th April 2022
6-8 pm
Kleiner Wasserspeicher
Belforter Straße, 10405 Berlin

Workshop Participatory Artistic Research: Exploring Airborne Microplastics

7th May 2022
Date and Location TBC

Album performance ‘This Land is not Mine’ at ‘Strukturen im Wandel. Die Zukunft hat schon begonnen’

This Land Is Not Mine | Album Performance, Wendisches Museum, 29 Aug 2021

This Land is Not Mine | Album Performance

4th December 2021 at 7pm (1 hour)

Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst
Uferstrasse / Am Amtsteich 15
03046 Cottbus

How is the identity of Lusatia changing in the context of structural change in the region? This Land is Not Mine is an artistic research project by the artist Kat Austen, presented as an installation and an album of experimental music. Over a year and a half, Austen has explored the soundscapes of Lusatia, and has invited residents to an online platform where they contribute the sounds that characterise the landscape.

Austen uses scientific instruments that have been adapted to make sound, alongside hydrophones, to listen to the water and soil in Lusatia, including during a public workshop at the BLMK in September 2020.
From these recordings, Austen creates musical compositions that include traditional musical instruments, to create a full album that explores the various stories she has discovered in Lusatia throughout her research here.

In this closing performance of the Strukturwandel Exhibition at the BLMK, Austen will play for the first time the entire album and two bonus tracks. Austen will play her specially adapted scientific instruments using local water samples, alongside video projections contextualising the soundscapes, to create an immersive and moving journey through contemporary Lusatia.

Please check the BLMK website for current hygiene regulations

Pre-order This Land is Not Mine album

This Land is not Mine aired on ‘As If Radio’

‘Seeds’ from the album ‘This Land is Not Mine’ were aired on ‘As If Radio’ as part of their COP26 Programme.

This work focuses on the region of Lusatia, where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet, the home of the Sorbian minority group. This project explores identity in a region of co-existing cultures that is undergoing fundamental socio-economic changes as brown coal mining in the region is phased out. Engaging with landscapes that are recovering from extraction give a hint to how we might face the challenges of the climate crisis, and a route towards creating a shared identity in the face of ecological crisis. The album ‘This Land is Not Mine’ is available for pre-order on Bandcamp, release date 10th December.

The livestream of “Blumen! Die Wissenschaftsshow” at Berlin Science Week with Francisca Rocha Goncalves

Kat Austen and Francisca Rocha Goncalves will be part of the Berlin Science Week with the livestream of “Blumen! Die Wissenschaftsshow” from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

Their video will, based on their work and research at Leibniz Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB), focusses on More-than-Human Subjectivities on noise and light pollution.

This event can be attended digitally via livestream or in person at the Museum für Naturkunde with a limited number of participants.

Friday, November 5th at 4 pm – 5:30 pm

The event will take place in German and English.

Urban light pollution affecting leaf-fall in autumnal Berlin

‘The Matter of the Soul | Symphony’ part of Zachęta Collection and shown at the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

We are delighted that ‘The Matter of the Soul  | Symphony’ video has been acquired by the collection of Zachęta Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts.

‘The Matter of the Soul  | Symphony’ video installation will be shown as part of the exhibition ‘What after / What for’ which is opening at the Contemporary Museum (Muzeum Współczesne) in Wrocław, Poland, on October 1st at 6 p.m. The exhibition features a new fragment of the constantly expanding contemporary art collection of the Zachęta Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts. This year’s selection covers an area that used to be given relatively little importance in contemporary art, focusing on works connected with environmental thought in the 21st century. 

The exhibition lasts until December 27th, 2021.

Participating artists: Kat Austen, Julia Curyło, Andrzej Klimczak-Dobrzaniecki, Andrzej Kosowski, Weronika Lucińska, Zofia Martin, Monika Polak, Zygmunt Rytka

Curated by Jagoda Łagiewska

What after / What for
1st October – 27th December 2021

Contemporary Museum (Muzeum Współczesne) Wrocław
Strzegomski 2a, 53-681 Wrocław, Poland
Contact: +48 71 356 42 57, mww@muzeumwspolczesne.pl
Open on Mon., Wed.-Fri., Sun. 12 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat. 12 a.m.–8 p.m. Tue. closed

‘The Matter of the Soul | Installation’ is opening at IZIS Festival “2200 UND3R” at Libertas, Koper

‘The Matter of the Soul | Installation’ is opening at IZIS Festival “2200 UND3R” at Libertas, Koper September 24th. The opening will be at Libertas, the crossroads of Koper’s urban culture (Kopališko nabrežje, Koper), at 8 p.m.

This year’s festival edition, 2200 UND3R, addresses the climate crisis, more precisely the impact already being reflected in the increasing frequency of flooding in coastal cities due to the rising of middle sea water levels.

The 9th edition of the festival will take place until October 15th, 2021.

The Matter of the Soul | Installation at Bonhams Gallery, London (2018)

‘This Land is not Mine’ album performance at SERBPOP 2.0

The project “This Land is not Mine” moves into new acoustic spheres between electronic music, soundscape and video projection. In a changing Lausitz it follows the Sorbian footsteps and wonders what is to come.

Live concert is on September 18th, 2021 at 8 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. in Gladhouse Cottbus, streamed via RBB website.

The album ‘This Land is not Mine’ will be released in the autumn.