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 collaboration between Kat and choreographer and artist Anders Duckworth – 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.

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


Exploring Airborne Microplastics: Participatory Artistic Research workshop

Airbourne Macroplastics

Meeting point in the courtyard of the Museum Pankow:

Kultur- und Bildungszentrum Sebastian Haffner Hof
Prenzlauer Allee 227/228
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Saturday 7th May
17:30-20:00

Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic found everywhere across the planet. The majority of plastic in the environment today is made from petrochemicals. Released into the environment continuously for decades, plastic and microplastic particles accumulate. As long-lived traces of human activity, microplastics can now be detected almost everywhere – even in the remotest areas. Building on her previous DIY research into microplastics in soil and water ecosystems and how they coexist with trees and rocks, join artist Kat Austen for these first explorations into catching airborne microplastics using adapted fog-catchers.

Presented in the context of the NEUSTART Kultur funded installation of Stranger to the Trees in Großer Wasserspeicher in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, this workshop involves participatory research into the reverberations of petrochemical products.


Registration: studio@katausten.com

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).

Double Exhibition and Performance Großer Wasserspeicher, Berlin

We are delighted to announce the double exhibition of Stranger to the Trees and This Land is Not Mine at the Großer Wasserspeicher, Berlin, alongside a live performance of This Land is Not Mine album and new workshop.

Stranger to the Trees (2020) at 19th Media Art Biennale WRO, Wrocław. Photo: Andreas Baudisch

Exhibition Information

22nd April 2022 – 8th May 2022
Großer Wasserspeicher
Belforter Straße, 10405 Berlin

Exhibition opening: 22/04/2022, 6-10 pm, Großer Wasserspeicher

Opening hours: 23/04–08/05/2022, 12-8 pm daily, Thursdays 12–10 pm

This Land is Not Mine is premiering in the context of the Fossile Erfahrung exhibition by Prater Gallery in conversation with the solo exhibition of Stranger to the Trees in collaboration with post-gallery.online, presented in the context of Neustart Kultur. 

Performance

Kat will perform the entire This Land is Not Mine album in the Kleiner Wasserspeicher on the Berlin Gallery Weekend.

Performance premiere, Wendish Museum, Cottbus, August 2021. Photo: Andreas Baudisch

More info: Performance Evening with Kat Austen and Elske Rosenfeld

30th April 2022
6-8 pm
Kleiner Wasserspeicher
Belforter Straße, 10405 Berlin

Workshop Participatory Artistic Research: Exploring Airborne Microplastics

7th May 2022
Date and Location TBC

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

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