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 responsive technology with lo-fi mechanisms like reel-to-reel tape loops, stop-motion animations, electronic synthesizers, and radio  frequencies. 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 conjuring ecstatic magic.


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H0ME BIOCV • ︎
Nelly Kate (she/her) grew up in the American South, where she established a career in music and sound design. Her early work led her to tour nationally and to share the stage with artists such as tUnE-yArDs, Mirah, Stephen Vitiello, and Angel Olsen. She gradually expanded her engagement with the public beyond performance into installations of oral history projects, interactive sculpture, and itinerant walks.
In 2015, Nelly turned her focus to inaudible sound—exploring captions, sonic visualizations, and haptics. During her MFA candidacy at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Print Media ‘21), she developed a technique for utilizing suminagashi marbling and fluid cymatics to make ‘sound prints’.

Some of her favorite opportunities to-date include contributing to ‘...derelict in uncharted space...’, residencies at Haystack’s Open Studio, Walkaway House, Wedding Cake House; performances at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Mint Museum, and Mattress Factory; lectures/workshops at Parsons School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, American University, Portland Art Museum, and The American University of Paris.

She’s currently part of the 6th Now + There Accelerator cohort and a studio resident at Boston Center for the Arts. 


Currently accepting commissions for art + film direction, music supervision, and closed captioning/sonic descriptions. Adores opportunities to talk inclusive design with art, design, and UX students. 



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Low Frequency Travel Agency (SOLO)  Black Iris Gallery • Richmond, VA [2013]
10-1 100 101 • Quirk Gallery • Richmond, VA [2013]
Haggle (Sound for Leslie Rogers) • Anderson Gallery • Richmond, VA [2013]
Interstitial Transduction InLight • Richmond, VA [2012]
Sestina • The Rotunda • Philadelphia, PA [2008]

SELECTED PRESS
Sound of Mettle • QC Nerve [2021]
Halls of Memories • Style Weekly [2015]
Sound Scavenging
• Style Weekly [2014]
Under 30 and on Their Way
• Richmond Magazine [2012]
The Astonishing Nelly Kate • RVA Magazine [2011]

SELECTED SCREENINGS / PERFORMANCES

‘...derelict in uncharted space...’ (collaboration with Fayen d’Evie, Benjamin Hancock, Rebecca Bracewell, Andy Slater, Jon Tjhia, Lloyd Mst, Georgina Kleege, and Luke King)
    Chunky Move • Melbourne Fringe Festival — Melbourne, AUS [2023]
Low Frequency Travel Agency
    TEDxRVA [2014]
    Black Iris Gallery [2014-Present]
And Then We Were Jumping (Score for Jordan Bruner)

    CutOut Fest—Querétaro, Mexico [2014]
    London International Animation [2014]
    Animation Block Party — Brooklyn, NY [2014]
    Fest Anca—Slovakia, Croatia [2014]
    Animafest — Zagreb [2014]
    Pictoplasma — Berlin [2014]
    Anima Festival — Brussels [2014]