Workshop – Open Lab at Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst (BLMK)

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.

Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst (BLMK)
Dieselkraftwerk, Uferstraße/Am Amtsteich 15, 03046 Cottbus, Event space
26th September 2020, 11:00 – 5:30 pm
Participants: max. 6 per Round
Registration is recommended. In the case of free spots spontaneous participation without a pre-registration is possible.
The participation is free of charge.
Registration via email kunstvermittlung.cottbus@blmk.de or +49 355 49494040

This Land Is Not Mine |Launch of the Sounds of Lusatia Platform

Do you live in Lusatia? Contribute sounds from the region to the sound database of This Land Is Not Mine through our new microsite.

On Monday 21st September 2020 we launch of the new microsite to crowdsource Sounds of Lusatia: https://lausitzklang.katausten.com

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.

Studiotopia Panel discussion “Radical Change by Working Together”

Kat’s work focusses on including multiple perspectives, narratives and knowledges to discover new ways of understanding our place in the world. What’s your big plan for change? What can we achieve by working together? Have your say by participating in the STUDIOTOPIA Panel Discussion where Kat is welcoming her Scientists in Residence of Studio Austen at Ars Electronica 2020 on Saturday 12th September 2020 at 1:00 pm

Fellowship at IASS Potsdam

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.

Workshop Microplastics and Coexistence | Nana MacLean and Kat Austen

@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?

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.