14th October 2018
National Technical Museum – Center for Architectural Heritage Plasy,
Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic
The video for biphasic | The Matter of the Soul, will be screened for the first time at Architecture and the Senses, a symposium organised by the Agosto Foundation at National Technical Museum – Center for Architectural Heritage Plasy, Mathey Hall, Plasy Monastery, Opatská konírna.
biphasic is the first movement of The Matter of the Soul symphony. This three-part symphony explores the relationship between human movement and the dispersal of Arctic water, creating in the process digital artefacts that disperse online. It is an elaboration of identity and meta-identity in the shifting times of climate crisis, interweaving socio-politics, individual needs and desires, and global impacts of human activity.
In biphasic, two discrete entities exist alongside each other, but not together, not mixing.
The Matter of the Soul | Symphony will première in its entirety at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North in Leeds, UK, on the 23rd October. Tickets available here.
Date: 3rd September
Music Tech Fest
More info on Music Tech Fest website
Performance of The Matter of the Soul | Phase 1 and concentration, with live video from the amazing Servando Barreiro.
I will play water live using hacked pH and conductivity meters, an acid crystal immersion into the live and flow of water.
The Matter of the Soul
sono-sculptural new media installation
as part of Polar Encounters by Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute
30th July 2018 – 17th August 2018
Bonhams Art Gallery
101 New Bond Street
More about The Matter of the Soul
Music and Artworks available from Kat Austen on Bandcamp
Performance: Symphony | The Matter of the Soul
23rd October 2018
Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North, Leeds
This performance is the première of the symphony from Arctic empathy artwork The Matter of the Soul. It will include live improvisation using both traditional and unconventional instruments, and will include sculptural elements as part of the performance.
Tickets available from Eventbrite
Tuesday 26th June
20:00 and 22:00, online and 88,4 MHz in Berlin, 90,7 MHz in Potsdam
Artists Kat Austen and Kirsty Kross will join Kate Donovan on elements, to discuss our relationship with the marine environment and how the internet changes identity.
Tune in to CoLaboRadio elements
Thursday 28th June
21:30 ConTent, Fusion Festival, Germany
Can we learn to love others, who may not be human, enough to live in synchronicity together? Kat Austen will elaborate on multi-sensory ways of creating emotional connections with other entities in the environment. Kat will draw on her work in embodied, experiential artworks and will perform live a new musical composition from project about empathy with the Arctic, “The Matter of the Soul”.
London-based composer John Morrison has used the conductivity meter sound recordings from The Matter of the Soul, available on Github under CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, as inspiration for his beautiful piece The Realities We Play. You can hear the characteristic rise and fall of the instrument throughout this haunting work, and most clearly at the very end.
This is the first time to my knowledge that the samples have been reused by another musician, an important step in the morphing and dispersal of The Matter of the Soul’s online identity, central to the work.