‘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.
Open science has received a lot of attention over the last decade. But what about open artistic research?
From a starting point of collaboration between people of diverse backgrounds, the STUDIOTOPIA Palaeoplasticene project hosted by Studio Austen is developing a platform to facilitate transdisciplinary artistic research by non-artists into the long-term existence of microplastic. Designed to be adaptable to multiple artistic research contexts and to be re-deployable by other researchers, this platform development highlights the unique challenges, and rigour, of artistic research. During the launch of the platform, artist Kat Austen, scientists Indrė Žliobaite and Laurence Gill will join Ars Electronica’s Andrew Newman to discuss transdisciplinary collaboration and open research. Web development is undertaken by Andreas Baudisch.
The session “Art-led participatory platform for transdisciplinary open research” will take place on September 10th at 1 p.m at Ars Electronica website.
INTER/her is an intimate VR immersive exploration of the inner world of middle-aged women’s bodies and the post-reproductive diseases they suffer, such as endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, Ovarian and other cysts, cervical, ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancers – with a focus on female health as personal exploration, conversation starter, and community building. Kat composed the sonic environment and music for the project, which will be presented by Camille Baker and Maf’j Alvarez.
This demo will be in place of in-person experience – so Camille Baker will do a short artist introduction and then show a video of her putting on the haptic corset a person, explain the controls and guiding them into the physical experience inside the actual tent and then afterward followed by a live screen-casting of the actual VR experience for alive audience and then followed by some pre-recorded video of visitors experiences inside the tent and VR experience. Followed by any Q&A from the audience.
The Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to… sociosphere, ecosphere, bodydatasphere is a correspondence location of the 2021 Ars Electronica. In the past 4 years the artists and collectives at 11 institutions of the European Media Art Platform have been researching the most urgent challenges of our age. Kat Austen will take part in the programme with her work ‘Stranger to the Trees‘ at the livestream EMAP Garden: move to… ecosphere and online exhibition.
The contributions of the ecosphere shed light on the consequences of the digitalisation of our ecosystem, knowledge generated by a shift in perspective away from humans and towards other life forms, and the opportunities for “peaceful co-existence” and cooperation between species.
The livestream of the programme EMAP Garden: move to… ecosphere in the context of Ars Electronica 2021 can be seen on Werkleitz and Ars Electronica website on 10th September at 8 p. m.
The virtual closing exhibition will feature 44 works that have been produced with the support of Creative Europe. It will open on Werkleitz website from 8th until 12th September.
Kat recently spoke to Wissenschaft im dialog about how art can help to transform narratives about sustainability in the future and the ongoing debate on the relationship between art and science. In their article, “We need depth of knowledge but at the same time we need its context” you can read Kat’s perspective on why art must be part of the solution to living sustainably.
Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation is the largest conference for science communication in the German-speaking area. The conference is organised annually by Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), the joint organisation of the German science for science communication. Kat will be part of a panel convened by the IASS Potsdam’s Alexandra Host, along with Futurium’s Stefanie Holzheu and Cecilia Oliveira of the IASS Potsdam to discuss “Communicating sustainability – Art as a means to transform narratives in society?”.
We cordially invite you to “open-art-Lausitz” art festival in the courtyard of the Wendish Museum, where Kat will premiere the This Land is not Mine | Performance.
Kat will perform music composed using sounds collected during the “This Land is not Mine” research. The compositions consist of field recordings made in Lusatia by both Austen and the locals. Crowd-sourced recordings were gathered using the Laustizklang platform. For the performance, she uses water that comes from the immediate surroundings of Cottbus and Lower Lusatia.
Please register in advance: Tel. 0355/794930 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mind the Corona restrictions. Admission only with the negative test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery.
User Manual for Digital Humanists is a new series hosted by Veronika Liebl, Director of European Cooperation, and Kristina Maurer, Head of European Projects at Ars Electronica’s Festival/Prix/Exhibitions department. The second chapter focused on projects and artists tackling some of the biggest challenges we are facing today: How can we collectively work towards a more sustainable future? How can we foster a responsible approach to technological development that considers long-term impacts on our environment and living spaces? Kat Austen joined the hosts to share her approach to these topics with the audience.
How can a design and creative approach help us re-discover and re-imagine the places we live in?
It has been just over a year since in 2020 Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO implemented a citizen science pilot project titled “In My Backyard”, supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 ACTION project.
In this exciting discussion, organised by Rio Neiva, Kat Austen was joined by the project team, Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit New European Bauhaus, and Heitor Alvelos, Professor of Design and New Media at the University of Porto, to discuss the importance of transdisciplinarity, democratised knowledge making, creativity and understanding power and politics in working towards a more sustainable future.