Katherine Bennett


Katherine Bennett
Technology mediates our experiences and understanding of time. Communication technologies shape our identity, pushing us along the posthuman continuum. Algorithms show us the fragility of communications; power of speed, memory and connectivity; and our own deficits. As a new media, fiber, and installation artist, Katherine Bennett builds interactive and responsive systems, which demonstrate the gaps, and connections that technology creates.

She is fascinated with network packet sniffing; bots masquerading as humans; machine learning algorithms; and machine knitting. She write code, coupling it with circuits, sensors, lights, speakers and fibers to build interactive objects and environments where views engage with existing power structures and frameworks, under a critical lens. Her research outcomes are physically responsive and interactive multichannel installation systems and poetic devices.

Katherine is a recent recipient of the Harvestworks New Works Residency (2019). Her work appears in the Spring 2019 issue of Fiber Arts Now. She has exhibited at the Inst-Int Festival, ODETTA Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), ISEA (Vancouver, BC & Singapore), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD), Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis, IN), Obro (Canada), Collar Works (Troy, New York), The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), The Electrofringe Festival (New Castle, Australia), The University of Nevada, Reno, Zhou B Art Center (Chicago), and the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH), among others. She has received grants from Fiber Arts Now, The Ohio Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and the Illuminating & Engineering Society. Her other residencies include Jentel, Weir Farm and the Vermont Studio Center (full grant). She teaches workshops and courses centered on human-computer interaction design, programming, physical computing at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.

Exhibitions
2020   The Gold Standard, Westbeth Gallery, New York, New York
          The New York Electronic Arts Festival, Governers Island, New York, New York
2018   Treas-ure, NYC Jewelry Lab, Bushwich Open Studios
2017   Transmissions From The System, NYC Media Lab
          Stronger Together, Arts Hub, Creative Tech Week, New York, NY
          Cold Enough To Levitate, New York, NY
          Inst-Int, The Chicory, New Orleans, LA
2016   If This Then What, ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY
          Creative Tech Week, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York, NY
          Open All Ports, Symposium for Arts & Technology, Connecticut College
2015   Disruption, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, BC
          Bushwick Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York.
2014   Mediating Technologies, Crux Space, Philadelphia
2013   Oasis Places, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland.
2012   Group Show, REVERSE Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
          Sublimation, Obro, SoundFjord, Montreal, Canada
          Transmissions, (solo show) Collar Works, Troy, New York
2010   Interactions, UD@Crane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2009   Jukebox, SoundFjord, London, United Kingdom
          Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia.
          Then Ether, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, PA
          Economic Transmissions, Synthetic Zero, New York, NY
2008   3312, Gallery Uno, Chicago, Illinois
          FireFlights, Borders of Lake Michigan, Illinois.
2007   Antenna Clouds, McNamara Gallery, University of Reno, Nevada
          Then Ether, MFA Curated Show, G2 Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
          Collusions, Opera Cabal, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2006   Still We Stand For...., Acme Art Works, Chicago, Illinois
2005   Turn Me On, Indianapolis Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
2004   Installations & Performances, The Carnegie, Covington, Kentucky
          The Path, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
          Cincy Talent, Kennedy Heights Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
2003   AutoMedia, Group Show, Media Bridges, Cincinnati, Ohio
          Tha Blast, Group Show, SSNOVA, Cincinnati, Ohio
2002   Preparation, Land Installation, Weir Farm Trust, Connecticut
2001   Sea Of Secrets, Wolverhampton School of Art & Design, England
2000   Sleeping Thoughts, Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton, England


Grants
2019   Fiber Arts Now, Public Art Installation Grant
2013   Artist Fellowship, Inst-Int
2011   Faculty Development, The University of the Arts
2008   Applied Research Labs, College of Media & Communications, UArts
2006   School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Travel Grant
2005   The Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship
2003   Richard Kelly Grant, Illuminating & Engineering Society
          The Puffin Foundation LTD
          Sponsorship from DESA International
2002   Cincinnati Foundation Award
2001   Sponsorship from Wilko’s stores
          Sponsorship from ASDA stores


Awards
2016   4DSOUND Hacklab, ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
2015   Artist Summer Institute, LMCC + Creative Capital
2013   Hackathon winner, E-Design Labs
2007   Student Leadership Award, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
1998   Juror’s Award, Foundations, Ohio University


Residencies
Harvestworks New Works Residency, New York, New York, 2019
Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming, May – June 2003
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, March 2003
Weir Farm, Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, Connecticut, December 2002


Curatorial
2014  Mediating Technologies, Crux Space, Philadelphia
2009  Marking Places Retracing Spaces, University of the Arts, PA
2009  Subtexts, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, PA
2008  Fractures & Voids, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, PA
2007  Fractures and Voids, Bridge Art Fair, Art Chicago


Select Performances
2016  Memory Spaces, ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
2008  Mash-Up, International Symposium for the Electronic Arts, Singapore.
         Cross Currents, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania
2007  Space Study, Collusions, Opera Cabal, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL
2006  Buzz Home, 404 Festival, Rosario, Argentina
         Juxtaposition Arena, MindField Experiments, Chicago, Illinois


Publications

Bennett, Katherine, “Transmissions From The System,” Connecticut College 15th Biennial
Symposium on Arts and Technology, 2016


Bibliography


Talks
2019   Textile Study Group of New York
2018   Pathologies of Time: Cybernetic Systems for Post Human Era, SLSA
2016   Creative Coding as a Tool: Inclusion, Access, Activism and Institutional Critique (panel),
Issue Project Room's 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, MAGNET, NYU, NY

         Lost in Translation, 15th Biennial Symposium of Arts and Technology at Connecticut College
         Personal Technology: Asset or Adversary? Creative Tech Week, NYC
         Teaching Creative Coding, SFPC, NYC
         STEAM + Creative Research, New York University, New York
2015  Making the Invisible Visible, Bloomfield College
         The Next Step, Industry Day, Bloomfield College
2014  Is Technology Fracturing Your Relationships? Crux Space, Philadelphia
         Brain Signals & Bits, University of Delaware
2013  When Strangers Interact, Show & Tell, INST-INT, Walker Art Center
2012  Hacking as a Creative Practice, Hope9 Conference
2011  A to B, University of the Arts


Press
Fiber Art Now, Emerging Artists, Spring (2019)
The Art Blog: “Grand Opening Crux Space” (2014)
The Brag, New South Wales, Australia, September 28th, 2009.
The Community Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 23, 2004.
Cincinnati Magazine, Creative Class, May 2003.


Professional Activities
2019 - Present  Northeast Feltmakers Guild
2018 - Present   Textile Study Group of New York
2017 - Present   Association for Computer Machinery Computer Human Interaction member
2017 - Present    Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, member
2013 - 2017   Hacktory Board Member & Secretary
2012 - 2016   Organizer, Creative & Experimental Software NYC Meetup
2011 - 2016   Member – Girl Develop It NYC Meetup
2011 - 2016   Member – Brooklyn Coded Meetup



Teaching Experience

Ideation & Prototyping • Interactive Narrative • Creative Coding • Physical Computing • Interactive Installation • Game Design • Game Programming: Artificial Intelligence • Intro to Interface Design • Senior Capstone • Interactivity • Sound Installation • Web Design • Creative Computing in Design, Art & Technology • Contemporary Issues in Interface Design • Collaboration


Specialities

Software
Processing (Java), openFrameworks (C++), P5.js (Javascript), Max/MSP, Node.js, Unix, Adobe, Arduino, HTML, CSS, Asterisk

Hardware
Electronics, Kinect, Integrated Circuits, including surface mount, LCD screens, Arduino (and all derivatives), Spark, Pic

Design
Strategic planning, Interaction Design, Interface Design, User experience, Human-computer Interaction, Project Management, Curriculum Design and Development, Research, Collaboration, Creative Problem Solving



Education
School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 2007, Masters of Fine Arts
Art & Technology

Wolverhampton School of Art & Design, England, 2001, BFA Honors
Sculpture, Magna Cum Laude

Ohio University, December 1999, Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, Psychology