ANTON KATS

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Anton Kats

Anton Kats (b.1983, Ukraine) is an artist, musician and dancer. Just moved to Berlin.

Anton's practice derives from informal everyday relationships within a vibrant neighbourhood in Kherson, Ukraine and is complemented through necessity and pragmatics of self-legalisation in Europe via entering formal institutions of education. After attending masters programmes in Art in Context at the University of Arts Berlin and Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths College, Kats finalised his studies through a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2016 Kats was invited to join the aneducation team of documenta14 as an artist where he has initiated the Narrowcast House and the A-Letheia projects.

Developing practice-driven research projects, Kats explores ambiguity of art practice as a question of agency and intentionality and develops site-specific work engaging with structures of self-organisation, self-education, marginalised people and the non-normative. His enquiry reveals the various forms of learning necessary to generate critical and practical knowledge in the everyday and departs from art practice as a form of investigation. Collaboratively developing learning platforms by the means of Radio and Film his work addresses site-related processes from within of the group and is driven by the context of diverse practitioners. Amongst others he has been working with non-governmental organizations in St. Petersburg, Berlin, Kingston and London developing artistic interventions, programs and exhibitions together with the residents of the cities margins. Kats’s goal is to explore the potential of collaboration within formal and informal social structures and to jointly develop useful methods that enable to independently take action.

Kats is an editor of Sound Space Downtown: Workbook and User Manual and For a Walk With: Dementia in the City. He is a lecturer of Contextual Studies at the Ravensbourne University in London and was a guest lecturer at the New York University and Goldsmiths University of London. His works have been exhibited and performed in venues including the Serpentine Galleries, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Showroom Gallery and at the documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. 

Selected Works

2018


ILYICH. Sonic Research, Music and Improvisation Project. Shipyard. Kherson, Ukraine.

2017

Narrowcast House. Open Radio Studio, Listening Space. documenta14, Kassel, Germany

A-Letheia. Social Sculpture, Site of Learning. documenta14, Athens, Greece

Radio Sound System. Sonic Sculpture, Mobile Radio Station. documenta14, Kassel, Germany

Terminal. Space of Retreat. documenta14, Kassel, Germany

Giant Steps. Performance, Improvisation. documenta14, Kassel and Athens

Another Continuum. Performance Lecture. documenta14, Athens, Greece

Place of 100 Places. Artistic Research, Installation. documenta14, Kassel, Germany

2016

Narrowcast Radio. Installation, Performance, Public Programme. Tate Modern, London, UK.

For a Walk With: Dementia in the City. Publication. The Serpentine Galleries, London, UK.

Take Over: FFTV Gallery as a Neighbourhood Model. Exhibition and Public Programme. The Showroom Gallery. London

Site. Performance. Sonic Acts Academy. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

The Shipyard Take Over. The Alternativa 2016: Damage and Los. Gdansk, Poland.

Radio Sound System. Installation / Radio Station. Kingston, Jamaica.

Radio Narrowcast: Serpentine Galleries. Performance / Artist Talk. London, UK.
 

2015

Sound Space Downtown: Workbook and User Manual. Publication. London, Kingston, Jamaica.

Artistic Research as Pedagogy. Practice Based Research. Goldsmiths College.

Sound Space Downtown. Workspace / Installation. Studio 174, Kingston, Jamaica.

Sound Alphabet. Studio 174, Kingston, Jamaica

Corridor Residency. Westmead Elderly Resource Centre, The Serpentine Galleries, London, UK

For a walk with... (film. work in progress.) Westmead Elderly Resource Centre, The Serpentine Galleries, London, UK

Fourth Feathers TV, (ongoing) the Showroom Gallery and Fourth Feathers Community Centre, London, UK

Radio Delo, - Displaced Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

Radio Delo, - Alternativa Art Festival, Gdansk, Poland

 

2014

Sound Space Downtown, research space (ongoing), Studio 174, Openvizor, Kingston, Jamaica

ABC of Sound, publication, Openvizor, Kingston Jamaica, London UK

Radio Sonar (ongoing) Serpentine Gallery, London

For a walk with..., (ongoing) Edgware Road Project, Serpentine Gallery, London

Fourth Feathers TV, (ongoing) the Showroom Gallery and Fourth Feathers Community Centre, London


2013

For a walk with..., (ongoing) Edgware Road Project, Serpentine Gallery, London

Fourth Feathers TV, (ongoing) the Showroom Gallery, as Part of re-projecting London

Stops in motion, V&A Museum, Sackler Centre Digital Studio, London

One Eye Closed, Photography, Goldsmiths College, London

Character Research Tool, Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery, London

Radio SO.N.A.R., (ongoing) Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery, London

Greenlight Filmclub, (ongoing) OpenVizor, London

Berta, photography, video, Berlin

To learn what you know, workshops, Goldsmith College, London


2012

Cycling Antenna, moving installation, workshops, Goldsmith College, London

Serpentine Gallery, Butter, Chicago Boys (initiated Hiwa K.) performance, London

Royal College of Art, Chicago Boys (initiated Hiwa K.) performance, London

Snowflake, new media, Goldsmith College, London

Radio Delo, video

Becoming surplus value, video


2011

Radio Delo, photography

Group Affinity, Chicago Boys (initiated Hiwa K.) performance, summer school Kunstverein Muenchen,
Munich

Systemchange Studygroup with Claudia Hummel and Anneta Krauss, Berlin

Alternativa, Participant at Art-Festival, Gdansk, Poland,

Butter, Chicago Boys (initiated Hiwa K.) performance, photography, New Gallery, London

V Krugu HipHopa, music tour in St.Petersburg and N.Nowogorod, with adolescent young People from Berlin,
Goethe Institute St.Petersburg, Gangway e.V

A Chto Delat?'s 48 hours Seminar-Commune and Learning Play "Where has Communism Gone?". Smart Project Space, Amsterdam.

Tourist, Photography


2010

Chicago Boys: While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming, ongoing performance and research project initiated by Hiwa K., Serpentine, London

Legal Leben, exhibition with former detained adolescents, Archiv der Jungedkulturen, Gangway e.V., Berlin

Dimitry Vilensky was ist zu tun?, video discussion with Dimitry Vilensky (Chto Delat?) about forms of
self-organisation and self-education of an artist

Blohina Street 18, anthropological video research about Lenins thesis on communal living


2009

Estrangement Project, Gdansk/London/Berlin "Kolja and Dasha", Showroom London, documentary project, St. Petersburg

Top 9 Russian Breaking Foundation, documentary film, St. Petersburg


2008

A Walk with a Hat, choreography for the Circus Upsala, St. Petersburg

Meeting of Styles, documentary film, Graffiti Festival, Mainz

Act Bloom, performance


2007

Die Füchsin, short film, storyboard

Curiouserfilms, video research, film production company

Japan Ska. Kultur und Globalisierung, documentary film.

2006

The Skaliners, music arrangement and artistic support during Japan tour of the band

Vita

2013-
PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths University of London

2013-
Visiting Tutor and Associate Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Ravensbourne University, London

2011-2013
MA Interactive Media: Critical Theory & Practice, Goldsmith University of London

2010-2011
Visiting student at the Institute for Art in Context, Berlin University of Arts Conception and realization of cultural and educational projects with adolescents from problematic areas, social work Gangway e.V., Berlin

2008-2009
Choreography lessons, conception and realisation of video projects with street children from St. Petersburg, social work Circus UPSALA, St. Petersburg

2009-2010
Conception and realization of video projects, tourne managment with street children, Circus UPSALA, Berlin

2008
Diploma in Aesthetic and Communications/ Social Work with documentary "Japan Ska. Kultur und Globalisierung", Frankfurt a.M.

2005-2007
Goethe e.V. Mainz. Dance Workshop for socially disadvantaged youth. Organisation of several Dance Contests.

2004-2005
Youth Center "Haus der Jugend", Mainz. Cultural pedagogy internship. Video workshops. Mentoring of Media Laboratory and Rehearsal Room.

2003-2004
Youth Center "JuKu", Alzey. Voluntary. Music & Dance Lessons.