The Matter of the Soul

#ARCTIC #DISPERSAL #MIGRATION #MELTING #ICE #CULTURE #OCEANS #DIGITALLIFE #MUSIC #CLIMATECHANGE | #PERFORMANCE #INSTALLATION #CASSETTES

The Matter of the Soul is a musical and sono-sculptural work exploring human empathy with the process of dispersal in the Arctic.

Musical compositions include sounds from instruments made from hacked scientific equipment that measure chemical properties of water. Kat plays Arctic water live using these instruments during performances.

Limited editions: BUY / DOWNLOAD The Matter of the Soul | Symphony from Kat Austen’s Bandcamp.

Kat Austen performing at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North for the Première of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony

Exhibitions

The Matter of the Soul in Polar Encounters at Bonhams Art Gallery, London
30th July to 17th August 2018
More images available at nk productions on flickr.

The Matter of the Soul | Symphony Video Installation at Art Laboratory Berlin as part of Watery Ecologies, 20th January to 17th March 2019

The Matter of the Soul light box at The Polar Museum, Cambridge 1st January to 13th April 2019

The Matter of the Soul | Symphony Video screening at L’eau en movement, conception de la matière in Ateliers D’Artistes de la Milady, Biarritz as part of Fête de la Nature Biarritz, 31st May 2019.

Performances

The Matter of the Soul | Symphony was premièred at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North in Leeds.

concentration, an acid crystal immersion exploring changing acidity and salinity in our oceans as a consequence of climate change, premièred at Spektrum, Berlin in March 2018.

Past performances of The Matter of the Soul

2019

9th May – concentration at Deep Sea – Empathie, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Kindl Brauerei, Berlin

16th March – dissipation and multifurcation  at HYDRO_PERFORMANCE Night, Art Laboratory Berlin

2018

1st December – Symphony at the opening of Climate Hub by Greenpeace for COP24, Klub Królestwo, Katowice, Poland – with Kasia Witek and dancers

23rd October – Symphony premiere at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North, Leeds, UK  – with Matthew Bourne on piano and Alex Bonney on cornet

14th October – biphasic | The Matter of the Soul music video, Architecture and the Senses, Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic

8th September – biphasic | The Matter of the Soul at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco,  2018

3rd September – biphasic and concentration | The Matter of the Soul at Music Tech Fest Lab opening, Reactor Hall 1, Stockholm, Sweden – with Servando Barreiro on video

28th June – concentration | The Matter of the Soul at Fusion Festival, Berlin

3rd March – concentration | The Matter of the Soul at Spektrum, Berlin – with Hiroshi Matoba on video

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