Crowdsourced Bio for Kat Austen

Kat Austen is a person. She is a succession of experiences and an assemblage of aspirations. In her work she melds disciplines and media.

As an artist Austen deals with themes of environment, social justice, communities and human relations to digital culture. She is interested in navigating boundaries. She explores networks of unseen influence – whether that is by allegorically simulating the impact of social networks or crafting the invisible human-scale stories of global systems. She aims to understand truth-seeking and collective actions. Among other things, she tends towards adventure, humour, depth and  surprise. In her artwork, she creates music, sound, experiences, stories and playful installations.

Austen is Artist in Residence at the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences, University College London and is a Teaching Fellow at UCL Arts and Sciences BASc. She was Artist in the Arctic 2017 for Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge), Bonhams and One Oceans Expeditions, and 2018 Cultural Fellow in Art and Science at the Cultural Institute, University of Leeds.  She has been artist for ArtOxygen Mumbai, LAStheatre, The Clipperton Project and Utter! Spoken word, among others. She is a member of critical art collective Stereotropic Anecdota, and in 2016 was visiting lecturer and Artist in Residence at New York University Shanghai.

Austen has been commissioned by for Williams Arts in Cambridge, LASTheatre, European projects and private individuals to make interactive and sculptural works for exhibition and private collections. She was an inaugural member of the London Creative Network (run by SPACE). She was Head of  Research and Design at social enterprise  iilab, leading the Open Droplet water sensor project, which was included on the  Serpentine Gallery’s platform, and the Engineering Comes Home project. With these project, she is focussing on co-design, physically evocative representations of data and community stewardship of water.

She has exhibited at Art Laboratory Berlin; Bonhams Art Gallery, London; The Polar Museum, Cambridge; SPACE, London; Kulturbrauerei Berlin; Lady Beck, Leeds; Palazzo Ducale, Genoa; NYU Shanghai; Schwartz Gallery, London; Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin; German Patent Office, Berlin; Kuehlhaus, Berlin; Piksel, Bergen; Carter Road Promenade and What About Art, Mumbai…

She has performed at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North, UK; Fusion Festival, Germany; Headlands Center for the Arts, US; Climate Hub by Greenpace, COP24, Poland; Music Tech Fest Stockholm, Sweden, Spektrum Berlin, Germany,  Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany…

This bio was crowdsourced, because we are only ourselves within society.


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