katherine behar
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studio space

Events this year have required me to reorganize, restrategize, rethink, regroup, and reposition myself and my work. In such a challenging landscape, I consider myself privileged to have set up a new studio in Toronto where I am now temporarily working on developing new projects and experimenting with new materials during this time of transition.

Above, a blank slate...

Please stay tuned for updates. —KB


UW Bothell Convergence Zone Autumn 2020 Visiting Artists and Writers

It's an honor to virtually return to the University of Washington, Bothell this Fall to present a talk on my art and writing practice. I'm delighted to be among an excellent line up of Visiting Artists and Writers hosted by the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics in their "From the Convergence Zone" Speaker Series.

This talk will be on Zoom and will be open to the public (registration required).

Artist Talk for "From the Convergence Zone"
University of Washington, Bothell

Thursday, October 29, 2020
6 p.m. Pacific Time

More info and Zoom Registration: https://www.uwb.edu/mfa/events/from-the-convergencezone


Measure of Human Online Film Program

In 2016, when I presented a solo exhibition at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, I created several new works inspired by the museum's permanent collection of Anatolian Weights and Measures. Now I am thrilled to return to Pera Museum, only this time virtually. One of those projects, a multi-channel silent 3D animation titled Cloud Profiles: Weightless Measures will be included in the virtual film series "Measure of Human" curated by Ulya Soley. For the online exhibition I have created a new single-channel version with new algorithmically generated network sound by W. Brent and D. Cecchetto. It is a pleasure to work with Ulya again and I'm happy to share this work in Istanbul and online.

"Measure of Human"
Online Film Series
Pera Museum, Istanbul / website

July 24 - August 24, 2020

More info and Zoom Registration: https://peramuseum.org

English-language review of the exhibition "On Bearable Heaviness" by Matt Hanson, Daily Sabah:



I am delighted to present an online performance lecture in conjunction with the exhibition "Mind the Deep - Artificial Intelligence & Artistic Creation" at Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM) in Shanghai.

My lecture will speculate on "Artificial Ignorance" in two sections, "Ignorant Ignoring" and "A GAN. Again. A Nonce. Anon. ... and a GPU."

McaM: Katherine Behar Presentation for Mind the Deep
March 21, 2020
Shanghai, China

The event will be hosted on the Go Brunch platform: https://gobrunch.com/events/50783
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Shanghai time)

More info: https://www.e-flux.com/announcements/296361/mind-the-deep-artificial-intelligence-and-artistic-creation/



It's a great honor to present the Lansdowne Lecture at the University of Victoria in Spring 2020. More details on the lecture and University-wide activities will be available shortly.

University of Victoria (UVIC) Lansdowne Lecture
February 26-28, 2020
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 5C2 Canada

More info: https://www.uvic.ca/


LASER New York City

I've been invited to speak about my recent work at NY LASER, a Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) Rendezvous Event, this February. I'm delighted to participate in this legendary gathering!

NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST's LEAF initiative (Leonardo Education and Art Forum). Former LEAF Chairs, Ellen K. Levy, former IDSVA Special Advisor in the Arts and Sciences and Patricia Olynyk, Chair, Graduate School of Art, Washington University co-direct these presentations to promote dialogue at the highest level among artists, scientists, scholars, and historians.There will be feature presentations by Katherine Behar, Dirk Trauner and Lorraine Walsh.

What: Wine + Discussion
Where: LevyArts: 40 E 19th St #3-R, NYC
When: Sunday, February 2, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Space is limited, so please rsvp by sending an email to levy [at] nyc.rr.com or olynyk [at] wustl.edu.

More info: https://www.leonardo.info/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=134


punctum books

It's my great pleasure to join the Editorial Advisory Board for Punctum Books. In the past, I've been thrilled to be involved with punctum as an author and now I look forward to supporting an organization I fully believe in this role.

Punctum Books, founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2011, and now incorporated in Santa Barbara, California as a non-profit, public benefit corporation co-directed by Eileen A. Joy and Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, is a scholar-led, peer-reviewed, open-access (OA) book publisher devoted to cultivating trans-disciplinary academic work that takes risks with form and style, and to fostering authors both within and outside the Academy, including thought leaders at prestigious universities, early to mid-career researchers at a wide variety of academic institutions, precarious academics, independent scholars, artists, and others who want to push the boundaries of established disciplines and methodologies and who understand the importance of sharing their work with the Global Commons. Punctum is further dedicated to publishing work that is not only trans-disciplinary in innovative ways (digital poetics, or imaginary materialisms, or auto-theory, for example), but which also helps to bring new fields of thought into being (such as cognitive museum studies, digital capitalism studies, Anthropocene studies, speculative musicology, soft architectures, posthumanisms, medieval disability studies, fan theory, radical pedagogics, queer literary forensics, and more). Finally, Punctum is committed to supporting projects of translation and multilingualism across a wide variety of historical periods.

More info: https://punctumbooks.com/about/editorial-advisory-board/


Media-N Journal

I am delighted to join the Editorial Board for Media-N: The Journal of the New Media Caucus.

Founded in 2005, Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal (ISSN 1942-017X) dedicated to scholarly research and critical dialogue on new media art. We accept proposals for themed issues encompassing scholarly articles, critical essays, artists' projects, and reviews.

More info: https://iopn.library.illinois.edu/journals/median/about/editorialTeam


Santa Fe Art Institute Campus

I am looking forward to spending the month of June in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I am delighted to have been awarded a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. SFAI's residency theme for the year is "labor"—a long-standing interest of mine. I am anticipating a fruitful month developing work in this context, and in a landscape I love.

From January 2020 through November 2020, SFAI is bringing together artists, creative practitioners, content experts, and innovative thinkers from all over the world that consider what vitality, prosperity, and sustainability might look like beyond profit; to envision new systems for "making a living" that elevate all of humanity and infuse our world with freedom, compassion, and harmony; and that reflect the profoundly generative acts of labor.

I'm also looking forward to sharing my work for SFAI's monthly "Process" event on June 10. Stay tuned for details.

Labor Residency
June 2020

Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St Michaels Drive
Building #31
Santa Fe, NM 87505

More info: https://sfai.org/labor-residency/katherine-behar/



I am honored to have been selected as a workspace resident for 2020 at Harvestworks in New York City. I will be developing sound for my a work-in-progress video installation, Sensor Sensibility. I've been working with the phenomenal sound artist Marta Forsberg on this project and I'm excited for us to spend the year collaborating between NYC and Berlin.

Founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology. Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Our goals are to create an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media; to create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and disseminating the finished works; to advance the art community's and the public's "agenda" for the use of technology in art; and to bring together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts collaborating in the use of electronic media. We assist with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of their work.

2020 Harvestworks Artist Residency<

596 Broadway #602
New York, NY 10012

More info: http://www.harvestworks.org/2020-artist-in-residence/


University of Michigan IRWG and ESC Visiting Artist

I'm delighted that the University of Michigan has extended my artist in residence for the full 2019/2020 academic year! I am continuing my work with a team of talented undergraduates from Computer Science, Engineering, and Art to develop a new version of "Anonymous Autonomous" in relation to my current research focus on "Artificial Ignorance."

I am being generously hosted by a partnership spanning the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), Stamps School of Art and Design, the School or Information, the School of Engineering, and the Robotics Institute.

IRWG Annoucement: https://irwg.umich.edu/news/irwg-mcubed-research-incentive-awarded-mcubed-30-cube-future-ethics-society-and-computing
More info: http://esc.umich.edu
ESC Fall Calendar: ESC Fall Events 2019 (PDF)