NELLY KATE — STUDIO ARTIST

Transdisciplinary practice centering access through sound, language, and the poetics of translation. 


CONTENTS


01 The Difference

02 nowisthe
03 Nevermind
04 FutureFluid

05 [Untitled] 6 Cylinders

06 I Hear You, But I Can’t Hear You
07 Transistors in Translation


STATEMENT

My work is about perception of place as shaped by the built environment and sound. Intersecting Queer, Deaf, Southern, and Hispanic culture I focus upon cultivating ecosystems of inclusion to make way for public imagination.

I blend sophisticated responsive technology with lo-fi mechanisms like cassette tapes, stop-motion animations, radio frequencies, Xerox prints, and electronic synthesizers. These tactile materials illuminate the terrestrial and electromagnetic phenomena which our bodies sense but cannot readily name.

Through multi-sensory installation I explore expanding time, breaking and remaking meaning, and cultivating ecstatic magic. At the core of my practice is the idea that imagination is foundational to building the world of our dreams and that we need as many people as possible accessing their imaginations to create inclusive communities.



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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