Kat explores the human relationship with water using artistic research techniques that meld together embodied explorations with those mediated by sensing equipment. Led and facilitated by Kat, this workshop introduces participants to two of these artistic research methods that make use of scientific equipment and embodied techniques to connect with water, and facilitates the exploration of local water using these methods.
Contribution to the database for freely accessible to anyone who wants to take part in the project. You can choose between German, English and Sorbian. The collected audio files can be uploaded independently in the formats wav, mp3, mp4 and ogg.
Do you live in Lusatia? Contribute sounds that are important to you. This can be the sound of wind turbines, the splash of pebbles thrown into the new lake, the creak of your shed door, the judder of tyres over cobblestones or asphalt, or the call of the woodpecker living in your garden: Whatever sounds really connect you to the place. The website also includes tips for listening exercises, and on how to record and upload recordings.
The recordings that people contribute to the Sounds of Lusatia website and through the workshop will be used in a sound composition accompanied by a video installation that Kat will create as her researches come to an end. Contributors can choose whether to be credited or not. For more information visit https://lausitzklang.katausten.com.
Follow the links to open a press release as a pdf in a new tab in English and in German.
Kat will be showing part of her new work Stranger to the Trees in the Quarantine Exhibition organised Kontejner (EMAP/EMARE) for Ars Electronica 2020. Join the live stream from 11am – 11:30 CET on Friday 11th September 2020
In case you missed the radio show featuring the first part of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony on May the 5th 2020 on p-node radio hosted by Klio Krahewska you can now download and listen to the playlist (archive Tuesday, 5/07, 18h, Klio).
Kat is now an artist fellow at IASS Potsdam – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. In the next year she will focus on the project This Land is Not Mine which focusses on the region of Lausatia, where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet, the home of the Sorbian ethnic group. This new media project explores identity in a region of co-exisiting cultures that is undergoing fundamental socio-economic changes as brown coal mining in the region is phased out.
Kat will team up once again with Nana MacLean to lead a discussion workshop organised by Art Laboratory Berlin is raising the question if it is possible to have a constructive approach to coexistence with microplastic?
You can join the workshop on a live stream on the website of ALB and find more information here. There is also a facebook event.
If you missed the radio show on April 18th 2020, 5 pm at Cashmere Radio organised by PlusX and Cammack Lindsey you can now listen to the pieces in the archive.
Bacterial Consciousness is a collective musical composition exploring the idea of and imagining a ‘human/cyanobacteria’ symbiosis OR In form of a musical composition, man’s synthetic realities are cancelled and many a futures’ stolen from within a polluted outcome as mammals again crawl back to the waters. Growing out of their inheritance of cyanotoxins and many other traits, their bodies and voices are un-mechanicalized, promoting dynamic collective languages of protest.
Kat will present a new piece called You don’t have to like everybody.
Participating artists in order of appearance: Maithu (@maithupdate), Steph Holl-Trieu (@ste.pdf), Cammack Lindsey (@la.kitty.mia), Sue Weed (@tamen), Stevik (@n.stevik), Kat Austen (@katausten), Alice Dalgalarrondo (@alicedalga), Mama Fih (@bilgexemir), and Petja Ivanova (@petja_i)
Are you a scientist interested in working within an artist’s practice? Studio Austen is taking part in the Studiotopia Scientist in Residence programme, sponsored by Ars Electronica. Scientists are invited to apply to collaborate with Kat on projects themed around environment, embodiment and democratisation of knowledge-making.
During April 9th and May 6th 2020 the exhibtion ‘FROM THE COASTLINE: In-between Plastic Environments’ organised by Ocean.Now! will take place at Haus der Statistik, Berlin – The work Coral Empathy Device will be on display.