User Manual for Digital Humanities at Ars Electronica Home Delivery

User Manual for Digital Humanists is a new series hosted by Veronika Liebl, Director of European Cooperation, and Kristina Maurer, Head of European Projects at Ars Electronica’s Festival/Prix/Exhibitions department. The second chapter focused on projects and artists tackling some of the biggest challenges we are facing today: How can we collectively work towards a more sustainable future? How can we foster a responsible approach to technological development that considers long-term impacts on our environment and living spaces? Kat Austen joined the hosts to share her approach to these topics with the audience.

Watch the second chapter of User Manual for Digital Humanists through the following link.

Moderator of “A Conversation about the New European Bauhaus and our backyards”

How can a design and creative approach help us re-discover and re-imagine the places we live in?

It has been just over a year since in 2020 Rio Neiva – Environmental NGO implemented a citizen science pilot project titled “In My Backyard”, supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 ACTION project.

In this exciting discussion, organised by Rio Neiva, Kat Austen was joined by the project team, Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit New European Bauhaus, and Heitor Alvelos, Professor of Design and New Media at the University of Porto, to discuss the importance of transdisciplinarity, democratised knowledge making, creativity and understanding power and politics in working towards a more sustainable future. 

INTER/her on the Lumen Prize Long List

Wonderful news that INTER/her has made the long list for the Lumen Prize!

INTER/her is a fully immersive audio/visual journey, conceived and led by Camille Baker. It was wonderful to compose the soundscapes for this virtual environment and the stories shared by women about their experiences. And fantastic to collaborate with Camille, Maf’j Alvarez, Bushra Burge and Sarah Büttner.

The project portrays painful aspects of womanhood – most especially the experiences of post-reproductive bodies – from the inside out, including the sensory and the emotional.

For each participant, the journey begins as they are seated within in a physical dome tent space, called the Sitting Womb.

The dome has a frontal opening alluding to the vulva. Within, up to three participants will be seated upon dark red/dusty rose bean bag chairs, each wearing a wireless Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset.

Each participant wears a Haptic Corset. This bespoke garment generates sensations on the lower abdomen which relate to, and are triggered by, the stories/voices being experienced with the 360° audiovisual experience.

The photos here show the installation of the project presented at The Brewery Tap UCA Project Space.

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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