Network Defekts an album release

We’re delighted to publish Network Defekts as an album – with a difference! To get to your audio you need a key to start your journey through encrypted messages. The keys are beautiful prints of stunning artwork, with a series of codes on the reverse side. Order the Network Defekts album or individual images as merch, and we will post these beautiful artworks out to you. Follow the white rabbit into a world of encryption.

Network Defekts available on Bandcamp.

Network Defekts is produced in collaboration with the excellent Ena Dahl and Jay S. Laffat.

“Außenraum. Eine ephemere Momentaufnahme” in the exhibition NEW HORIZONS II at Galerie M

“Außenraum. Eine ephemere Momentaufnahme” is a collaboration between Kat Austen and Inna Perkas. The multimedia installation, consisting of audio, video and drawings, captures a brief encounter during a stormy winter afternoon in front of the IKMZ in Cottbus, Brandenburg. The work is presented in the exhibition NEW HORIZONS II at Galerie M.

Exhibition is part of the project Werkstatt: Kunst in Brandenburg (Part 2)
July 30 – September 11, 2021

Finissage: Saturday, September 11, 2021, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Opening hours: Wed – Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location and contact:
Produzentengalerie M, Charlottenstraße 122, 14467

Lecture ‘Carbon echoes and the climate emergency’ at Werkleitz

In this presentation, artist Kat Austen will discuss her diverse methods for artistic engagement with the environment. Austen creates multimedia works that develop the aesthetics of sustainability, using methods including DIY science, acoustic ecologies, site specific performance and new material studies. In the context of the climate crisis, Austen will discuss ‘Stranger to the Trees’, a multimedia artwork that focuses on microplastics, themselves products of fossil fuel-intensive industrial processes, and their coexistence with trees in forests as carbon sinks. ‘This Land is not Mine’ looks at the post-extractive landscape of Lusatia as the region transitions from brown coal mining towards sustainability. Touching on these and other works, Austen will discuss artistic approaches to questions of anthropogenic impact and emotional responses to contemporary environmental realities.

Sunday, June 27th 17:00–18:00

Werkleitz Festival 2021

The Gravity of Trees/ Die Anziehungskraft der Bäume

Audiowalk on the essay ‘Laubwerk’ by Marion Poschmann, winner of the WORTMELDUNGEN-Literaturpreis 2021. Created by Second Nature Lab artists Kat Austen and Moritz Frischkorn.

27th June 2021, 3 pm – 5 pm
Wherever you are & Frankfurt Main, Germany

Meeting point for live release event in Bornheim/Nordend (East), Frankfurt
Registration for the guided walk at until 23.06.

The link to the teaser video

Produced by Crespo Foundation

In cooperation with Mousonturm and NODE

Stranger to the Trees at The WRO Media Art Biennale

June 18th – July 23rd 2021

Kat Austen is thrilled to finally present the multimedia artwork Stranger to the Trees to the public. During her time as a resident at Wro Art Center in the context of the EMAP/EMARE program she had the chance to realise this project. Kat will be present in Wroclaw next Friday and Saturday – please feel cordially invited to the opening!

The WRO Media Art Biennale is the major forum for new media art in Poland, and one of the leading international art events in Central Europe. Since its inception in 1989, WRO has been presenting art forms created using new media for artistic expression and communication, exploring current creative territories and building a critical perspective toward emerging issues in art, technology and society.

Collaboration with WPI students on the project ‘Participatory Action Research and Soundscape Collection Methods for Cultural Preservation ‘

The goal of this project was to assist the Studio Austen team with refining current remote participatory action research methods used for the This Land is Not Mine project and to explore the application of these methods for cultural preservation in the Jiu Valley, Romania.

Congratulations to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute IPQ students Ryan Birchfield, Hannah Brooks, Adele Burton and Mackenzie Goldschlager who worked with Studio Austen over the last two months for completing a fantastic project!

Link to the ”Participatory Action Research and Soundscape Collection Methods for Cultural Preservation’ project

The talk ‘Artistic approaches to the echoes of fossil fuels’

Fossil fuel use is essential to the anthropocene. In this presentation artist Kat Austen will discuss two artworks that address the topic of fossil fuel legacies. In the context of the climate crisis, Stranger to the Trees looks at microplastic, themselves a product of fossil fuel-intensive industrial processes, and their coexistence with trees in forests as carbon sinks. This Land is not Mine looks at the postextractive landscape of Lusatia as the region transitions from brown coal mining towards sustainability. Leveraging diverse methods including DIY science, acoustic ecologies and new material studies, Austen creates multimedia works that develop aesthetics of sustainability.

25 May 2021
17:00 – 18:30 CEST
The event is free

Register to the event

UCL Anthropocene

Picture credit: Roger Pimenta

Watch the recording:

Live screening of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony, followed by Q&A with artist Kat Austen at The Big Freeze art festival

The live screening of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony video (1 hr) will take place on the 7th of March at The Big Freeze Polar Art festival run by The Polar Museum, Cambridge, UK. It will be followed by Q&A with Kat Austen.

The Matter of the Soul is a music, video, installation and performance work. It engenders empathy with the process of dispersal and transformation in the Arctic. The work draws an analogy between human migration, the movement of water from ice to ocean in the Arctic and changing identity online in the context of our contemporary climate emergency.

  • Live event
  • Time: 6pm GMT, 7pm CET, duration 1.5 hours
  • Venue: Crowdcast (join live; register in advance for a reminder).
  • Free

The research for The Matter of the Soul was carried out during the Artist in the Arctic Residency 2017 with Friends of SPRI, Bonhams and One Ocean Expeditions. The work was completed during a Cultural Fellowship in Art and Science (Climate Track) at the Cultural Institute, University of Leeds. The Matter of the Soul | Symphony premiered in October 2018 at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North, Leeds, UK.

More information on The Matter of the Soul.

Article ‘Microplastics and Trees’ in MAZ newspaper

Last year we co-operated with the village of Bork, Kyritz in Brandenburg to prolong our Stranger to the Trees experiment on the effect of microplastic on birch tree growth. Bork have provided the Studio Austen birches with a home that allows us to continue to collect scientifically valid data in a long-term experiment. We would like to thank Bernhard Bosecker and the mayor Matthias Strauß for the kind support and oppourtunity.

Newspaper Märkische Allgemeine (MAZ) has published an article explaining ‘Stranger to the Trees’ and the long-term experiment we have started in Kyritz. Read the article “Mikroplastik und Bäume: Langzeitexperiment in Kyritz gestartet” or download it in pdf format (in German).