NELLY KATE — STUDIO ARTIST

Transdisciplinary practice centering sound and access.


CONTENTS


01 The Difference

02 nowisthe
03 Nevermind
04 FutureFluid

05 [Untitled] 6 Cylinders

06 I Hear You, But I Can’t Hear You


STATEMENT

My work is about our perception of place, as shaped by personal history, the built environment, and sound. Through installations and itinerant walks, I explore expanding time, breaking and remaking meaning, and cultivating ecstatic magic.

I express the confounding nature of my own deafness by transforming space to generate sensations in and around the body. Audible and inaudible tones are manifest as vibrations and translations for hearing and Deaf audiences via interactive sculptures, speaker + screen arrays, videos, and ambient loops.

In order to make the symbols in my work logically accessible, I often print patterned and coded visual companions for these sonic experiences. I am exploring the ways in which refusal of canonical psychogeography, and psychoacoustics might lead to an alt-horizon. I employ lo-fi mechanisms, such as A/V cassette recordings, radio frequencies, Xerox collages, stop-motion animations, and electronic synthesizers. These tactile materials illuminate the terrestrial and electromagnetic phenomena which our bodies sense but cannot readily name.


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H 0 M E  // C V
NELLY KATE 01 — JAN 2021

The Difference

WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE
COMPOSITION: MARÍA GREVER (1934)
PERFORMANCE: DINAH WASHINGTON (1959)




Resonant tray + Chladni plate made from recycled 55-gallon steel barrels demonstrate Faraday waves and Chladni figures on through water and carborundum. Closed caption lyrics are projected onto the water's surface and a translucent orb screens slow video imagery above the performer.



Installation support: Linda Kentoffio
Videography: Annie Meyer