The Matter of the Soul

#ARCTIC #DISPERSAL #MIGRATION #MELTING #ICE #CULTURE #OCEANS #DIGITALLIFE #MUSIC #CLIMATECHANGE

#PERFORMANCE #SCULPTURE #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. Austen 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

Performances

Sound compositions for The Matter of the Soul are based around field recordings of Arctic waters made bespoke instruments created by adapting scientific instruments to make sounds from their measurements. 

During her performance Austen plays music samples of water by changing their chemical properties.

The Matter of the Soul | Symphony was premièred at Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North in Leeds (23rd October 2018).

Full list of performances

Exhibitions

The Matter of the Soul is exhibited as a sculptural new media installation including video, a listening post, canvasses, free-standing and relief sculptures.

Full list of exhibitions

Images are from 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.

Publications

K. Austen, “How I Made Musical Instruments from Lab Equipment to Create Empathy with the Arctic,” The Conversation (31 October 2018)

K. Austen, “This Fractionation of Our Being,” Soundest 3 (2019)

K. Austen, “Sounding Dispersal as a Route to Empathy with the Changing Arctic,” Leonardo Music Journal (accepted, publishing date 2019)

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