Carbon Echoes Trilogy at Ars Electronica

Stranger to the Trees (2020)

We are delighted to announce that Kat will be showing for the first time her Carbon Echoes trilogy at Ars Electronica festival 2022.

The three works shown together are Stranger to the Trees, This Land is Not Mine and Palaeoplasticene.

Entanglement with carbon is an essential component of the extreme influence of humans on the planet. This trilogy of works introduces three artistic responses to this problem space from Kat Austen’s practice that address positions on aspects of anthropic entanglement with carbon at a more-than-human timescale. Presented together for the first time, the three works interrogate carbon and the impact of humans on its distribution around the planet and through time. The impact of fossil fuel extraction on landscapes, society and ecosystems, the impact of the spread of microplastic — the starting material for which is predominantly fossil fuels — on trees and forests and the reconfiguration of enduring carbon-based materials in a speculative past. These positions reflect not only on the climate crisis but also on quality of life for humans and for the plants, animals and ecosystems with which humans share the planet.

Ars Electronica Festival
7-11th September 2022
Linz, Austria

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Palaeoplasticene (2021)

Screenshot, This Land is Not Mine (2022)

Mapping Gender Premiere – The Place, London

We are delighted to announce the performance premiere of Mapping Gender – a creation by Anders Duckworth in collaboration with Kat Austen – at The Place in London this autumn.

Three years in the making, Mapping Gender explores the synchrony between power dynamics applied to bodies and to landscapes.

Mapping Gender is a multisensory exhibition of dance, image, scent, sound and research. It’s an invitation to explore the parallels between cartography and historical clothing through a lens of non-binary experiences. Created by Anders Duckworth in collaboration with sound artist Kat AustenMapping Gender looks at landscapes, the way we draw borders and create boundaries on maps to carve up geographical space whilst also asking us to explore how we look at the body and how we use gender to carve and divide people.

Created with nine interdisciplinary artists and a group of trans/non-binary volunteers, Mapping Gender includes selections from a series of recorded interviews with non-binary people discussing their personal experiences. By drawing together people who exist on the margins and the ‘in-between’ spaces we open up new possibilities and provide an opportunity to re-discover the place and complexities we find in gender.

Performance Information

Date: 28th September 2022

Location: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Price: £18 (£14 concession)

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Mapping Gender at Baltic is Curious

On Saturday Kat will be playing alongside Anders Duckworth’s performance of Mapping Gender as part  BALTIC is Curious. Kat has collaborated with Anders on Mapping Gender over the last 2.5 years, creating the sound and music for this exhibition of performance, image, sound and research. It’s an invitation to see the parallels between cartography and clothing, to explore how society controls, shapes and demarcates both landscapes and human bodies – all told through the lens of non-binary experiences.

In creating the soundscape over the last two years Kat has carried out research in liminal spaces – at coasts, riversides and boundaries. In Saturday’s performance, she will use her hacked scientific equipment to play sounds from a water sample that she collected from the Baltic Sea in December last year alongside water from outside the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Performance details:

Saturday 2nd July, 19:00 – 20:00

BALTIC
Gateshead NE8 3BA

Booking essential. Tickets GBP8-12.

Unearthing the Present @ HKW

Kat recently took part in two sessions at the MARKERS: MATERIAL DELINEATIONS OF THE PRESENT Anthropocene Curriculum event series as part of Unearthing the Present at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Conversations Beyond the Human
With Kat Austen, Kristine L. DeLong, Jens Zinke, Nigel Clark

and

What’s So Micro About Plastics?
With Juliana A. Ivar do Sul, Jérôme Kaiser, Kat Austen, Joana MacLean


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).

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.