Kat Austen

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Kat Austen
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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma mater
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Leeds
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Artist
  • Writer

Kat Austen is a British New Media artist and writer. Her work spans sound, video, installation and interaction. Austen uses aspects of Maker culture[1], Participatory Action Research and Co-Design / Co-Creation methods to share research practices from art, DIY Science and Citizen Science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is known for her work in citizen participation in research and design, such as the Bottom Up Infrastructure projects[2]. Austen was the first New Media artist to be Artist in Residence for the Scott Polar Research Institute FoSPRI residency, which took her to the Arctic on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov[3]. She was an inaugural Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds Cultural Institute in 2018[4]. The resulting work, The Matter of the Soul, was featured on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking's Ice programme[5]. Between 2009 and 2014, Austen was an editor at New Scientist[6]. Prior to this, she was a PDRA at the University of Cambridge, having gained a Ph.D. from the Royal Institution.


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