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Katy Connor

Katy Connor

Katy Connor, Skumring (Twilight) (2020). Arctic collaboration with sound artist Shirley Pegna. Installed as part of BEEF Department of Moving Images, Centre of Gravity, Bristol (2020). Photograph courtesy the artists

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Katy Connor is a visual artist working in the spaces between embodiment, technologies and materiality. Her work utilises media and materials to explore how our bodies and experiences are reconfigured within bio-technological environments. Frequently working in collaboration with other artists and scientists, her doctoral thesis, Translating the Intimate (2016) articulated a poetic and sensory reading of technologies used in biomedical science and industry.

In 2021 she was awarded a residency at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol to develop research around the practice of hydroponics; exploring ways to consider working with living materials, particularly in relation to the current ecological crisis. Prior residencies include both science laboratories Bristol University, (Blood Culture: Reimag(in)ing Life at a Cellular Scale, 2017-19) and remote ‘wild’ places (Arctic Circle, 2015 and OUTLANDIA, Scottish Highlands 2013) – through her arts practice she reconciles these environments as twin aspects of our contemporary media-ecosphere.

She has presented her interdisciplinary practice at Flat Time House (2019) Art in the Anthropocene, Dublin (2019) London Science Museum and Max Planck Institute, Potsdam, and has co-written two collaborative journal articles with academics for ‘Nano-Ethics’ (2020) and ‘Interdisciplinary Science Reviews’ (2020). Solo and group exhibitions include: Transmediale, Berlin (2013) Lumen Prize, International Tour (2013-14) Konteksty, Poland (2017) Gossamer Fog, Deptford (2017) We The Curious (2018) and Centre of Gravity, Bristol (2020).

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