Kultur- und Bildungszentrum Sebastian Haffner Hof Prenzlauer Allee 227/228 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Saturday 7th May 17:30-20:00
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.