Kat Austen is now a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, joining a global cohort of influential thinkers addressing urgent contemporary issues, including Tim Berners-Lee, Alex James and Benson Taylor.
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.
@Art Laboratory Berlin
Wednesday 22nd of April 2020
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?
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.
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