Bacterial Consciousness

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)

Studiotopia – Call for Applications

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. 

Deadline for applications 31st May 2020. More information on Kat’s practice https://www.studiotopia.eu/artists#kat

Apply using this form: https://studiotopia.app/ly/application/ You’ll need to provide:

  • Short biography (including links to previous, current research)
  • Motivation letter
  • Select Kat as your artist of preference and describe what are your common grounds with the artist or his/her work
  • Motivation to work on SDG and relation to your current research 
  • Describe your previous collaborative experience

concentration | The Matter of the Soul at Kosmetiksalon Babette

Kat will be headlining the Deep Sea – Empathie performance night at Café Kosmetiksalon Babette in the beautiful Kindl Brauerei building, with a performance of concentration | The Matter of the Soul.

9th May 2019 @ 10pm
Café Kosmetiksalon Babette
Am Sudhaus 3
12053 Berlin

Performances start at 7pm with Alice Münch, Karl Karner, Manfred Peckl.

 

Playing Arctic water at Climate Hub, COP24 for Greenpeace PL, Katowice, December 2018

(Un)Real Ecologies – Microplastics at Art Laboratory Berlin

Workshop: (Un)Real Ecologies – Microplastics (with Kat Austen & Frithjof Glowinski)
13./14. April, 2019, 13-18 Uhr

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Filtering Panke Water on the River Bank

Part of DIY Hack the Panke

Plastic has pervaded water, soil and our bodies. It is the new icon of our time. During the (Un)Real Ecologies: Microplastics workshop we will explore the presence of microplastics in the Panke River, near Art Laboratory Berlin. How do organisms and microorganisms exist with and construct with these human-made materials? We will interrogate the water samples, to discover a new understanding of the reality of the Panke’s ecosystem, with plastic present and wholly a part of it – a microcosm that allows us to ask: “what is nature?”

In the workshop participants will use DIY chemistry methods to separate microplastics from mineral and organic matter, and discover the origins of the plastics they find by creating density columns. They will also learn about the ecology of the Panke River and the Citizen Science project DIY Hack the Panke.

Kat Austen is a succession of experiences and an assemblage of aspirations. She creates artworks that explore multiple knowledges, from music to embodied knowledge to DIY science, focusing on emotional connections between what we consider internal and external. Kat is a Teaching Fellow on UCL’s Arts and Sciences BASc, and is Artist in Residence in UCL’s Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences. Previous residencies include Artist in the Arctic, NYU Shanghai Gallery and ArtOxygen. Kat was an inaugural member of the London Creative Network programme. She is based in Berlin.

Frithjof Glowinski studied biochemistry at the University of Greifswald. Subsequently, he received his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin for infections relating to the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori. The focus was on the balance between bacteria and humans, as well as the long-term consequences of this interaction. He is currently teaching biology and chemistry at a school near the Panke. Together with Art Laboratory Berlin and the DIY Hack the Panke collective, he organizes workshops with children from the school along the Panke.

Organised together with DIY Hack the Panke .

Limted number of participants – to take part please email: register@artlaboratory-berlin.org