The Matter of the Soul | Symphony video will be screened on 31st May at L’eau en movement, conception de la matière in Ateliers Avenue de la Milady, Biarritz as part of Fête de la Nature Biarritz.
Kat will be working during the week of 20th May with students from the Gustav-Freytag-Schule to make sound recordings from water using her hacked scientific instruments and DIY hydrophones, as part of the DIY Hack the Panke project. These recordings will be composed, along with piano compositions with the school’s Klavier AG, into a sound installation at the Berlin Staatsoper in June 2019.
13th-14th May 2019
ZeM, Potsdam and surrounds
Kat Austen will be working with participants from the ZeM SENSING PhD programme to explore the human relationship with water using artistic research techniques that meld together embodied explorations with those mediated by sensing equipment. This workshop introduces participants to two 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.
Kat will be headlining the Deep Sea – Empathie performance night at Café Kosmetiksalon Babette in the beautiful Kindl Brauerei building, with a performance of concentration | The Matter of the Soul.
9th May 2019 @ 10pm
Café Kosmetiksalon Babette
Am Sudhaus 3
Performances start at 7pm with Alice Münch, Karl Karner, Manfred Peckl.
Workshop: (Un)Real Ecologies – Microplastics (with Kat Austen & Frithjof Glowinski)
13./14. April, 2019, 13-18 Uhr
Part of DIY Hack the Panke
Plastic has pervaded water, soil and our bodies. It is the new icon of our time. During the (Un)Real Ecologies: Microplastics workshop we will explore the presence of microplastics in the Panke River, near Art Laboratory Berlin. How do organisms and microorganisms exist with and construct with these human-made materials? We will interrogate the water samples, to discover a new understanding of the reality of the Panke’s ecosystem, with plastic present and wholly a part of it – a microcosm that allows us to ask: “what is nature?”
In the workshop participants will use DIY chemistry methods to separate microplastics from mineral and organic matter, and discover the origins of the plastics they find by creating density columns. They will also learn about the ecology of the Panke River and the Citizen Science project DIY Hack the Panke.
Kat Austen is a succession of experiences and an assemblage of aspirations. She creates artworks that explore multiple knowledges, from music to embodied knowledge to DIY science, focusing on emotional connections between what we consider internal and external. Kat is a Teaching Fellow on UCL’s Arts and Sciences BASc, and is Artist in Residence in UCL’s Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences. Previous residencies include Artist in the Arctic, NYU Shanghai Gallery and ArtOxygen. Kat was an inaugural member of the London Creative Network programme. She is based in Berlin.
Frithjof Glowinski studied biochemistry at the University of Greifswald. Subsequently, he received his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin for infections relating to the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori. The focus was on the balance between bacteria and humans, as well as the long-term consequences of this interaction. He is currently teaching biology and chemistry at a school near the Panke. Together with Art Laboratory Berlin and the DIY Hack the Panke collective, he organizes workshops with children from the school along the Panke.
Organised together with DIY Hack the Panke .
Limted number of participants – to take part please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kat will be delivering Sushi Roulette with Gjino Šutić at Experiment Zukunft in Rostock in collaboration with Franziska Klaeger, Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde.
Exhibition runs until 5th May.
5th – 6th April 2019