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Kat is an artist interested in exploring the boundary between the self and other(s), mediated by technology. She is Artist in the Arctic 2017 for Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge), Bonhams and One Oceans Expeditions, and Artist in Residence at the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences, University College London. 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.

Kat is a succession of experiences and an assemblage of aspirations. She is also a person. In her work she melds these disciplines, and in the temporal melting-pot of her life so far she has produced work as an artist, an environmental scientist, a writer and much in between.

As an artist Kat deals with themes of environment, social justice, communities and human relations to digital culture. 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.

Kat lectures on UCL's Arts and Sciences BASc, leading Citizen Science for Radical Change: Co-design, Art and Community which is based on her project Vital (http://vital-food.org). Kat is Artist in the Arctic 2017 for Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge), Bonhams and One Oceans Expeditions, and Artist in Residence at the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences, University College London. She has been artist for 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. She was Head of Research and Design at social enterprise iilab, leading the Open Droplet water sensor project, which was recently included on the Serpentine Gallery’s extinct.ly 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.

Kat has exhibited and performed at, among others, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy as part of Genova Science Festival; Piksel Festival, Bergen, Norway; MIKK, Murska Sobota, Slovenia; Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, Germany; Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin, Germany; Schwartz Gallery, London, UK; Regenerate Gallery, London, UK; The Crystal, London, UK; Museo Diego Rivera, Mexico City, Mexico; South Cloisters, University College London, UK; Rich Mix, London, UK as part of Festival of Dangerous Ideas... her work is also present in private collections.

Kat holds a PhD in chemistry from UCL and worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge. Her writing has appeared in two book chapters, New Scientist, Nature, The Ecologist and The Guardian, and she consults widely on the intersection of science, art and technology, including as a Futureshaper for Forum for the Future, for the European Commission and Ofwat.

The environment is Kat’s passion, and her interest is largely held by finding intellectual, experiential and sensorial ways of understanding existence in all its complexity. Her work explores the interplay between acts at different levels - individual, collective, communal, municipal, state, national, international - in the context of a global, digitally-enabled society. The aesthetics in her artworks treads the line between naive and polished, messy and sleek, humorous and disjointed. For instance, she drowned a lot of tiny people in a bath to make a point about social media.

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