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Kadet Kuhne

Taking form in 3D printing, video, installation, sound, interactivity, and 2D prints, I generate synthetic stimuli as an investigation of subjectivity through systems of control and technological mediation. With a preoccupation of what constitutes “consciousness,” I aim to prompt visceral, even pre-verbal emotional and physical responses to the invisible forces of particles and vibration that construct all matter. Image and sound physically interact with our bodies’ molecules and stimulate neurological responses. I am interested in the nerve stimulus that causes our initial physical reactions, and in transforming these reactions into immersive works.

My interest in making visible the invisible phenomenon of matter is manifested into form as 3D prints which are based on the architecture of sound waves. Sine represents destructive interference as it relates to audio, when two waves cancel each other out resulting in silence, and Overlap shows the interference and phase difference between two spherical waves. In Dependent Origination and Perceived Limitations, waveforms of spoken words are phase shifted, or inverted, to create cancellation, rendering the perceived sound inaudible. This cancellation brings into consideration the subjective nature of thought and aims to question the solidity of language. The words and phrases chosen for these models are themes that reflect the conceptual underpinnings of my videos and installations.

From a long-standing tradition of avant-garde filmmaking and improvisational music composition, I see my video and sound works as an extension of experimental practice in an age of hyper-communication and digital saturation. To openly expose the use of technology in my practice, I employ fragmented, jump-cut editing down to single frames, and amplify evidence of sonic detritus such as digital clicks and static. Comprised of intervals, disjunctions and suspensions of space-time, the situations presented in my experiential narratives attempt to capture, play and delay—from anxiety to resolve. Between pain, pleasure, the erotic, and the political, this tension morphs into another state, imbued with textures of self-imposed and societal boundaries and bondages. The simultaneous themes of constraint and liberation pose questions about personal power—how much we give to others and how much is taken. I hope to open for the individual viewer an expanded sense of the possibilities and realities of their own bodily existence through a series of physically and emotionally sympathetic responses.

In my own experience as a contemporary human, I have noticed a fundamental disconnection between mind and body, stemming from the often insufficient dialectical materialism of western philosophy which has informed and will continue to inform our being in the world: the most recent incarnation of which is the stripped down existence in a digital landscape. In my art I seek to create intimately personal connections with viewers through mobilizing many of the digital means which have facilitated disconnection in the first place.

Biography

Kadet Kuhne is a visual and sound artist who generates synthetic stimuli as an investigation of subjectivity through systems of control and technological mediation. With a preoccupation of what constitutes consciousness, Kadet aims to prompt visceral, even pre-verbal emotional and physical responses to the invisible forces of particles and vibration that construct all matter. Taking form in video, installation, album releases, performance, interactivity, 3D printing and 2D print, Kadet’s works have been presented nationally and internationally at select venues such as the Museum of Art Lucerne, de Young Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, Antimatter Film Festival, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Krowswork, LACE Gallery, Crossroads Film Festival and Highways Performance Space and Gallery. Kadet received a Masters in Integrated Media and Music Composition in Experimental Practices from the California institute of the Arts in 2004. Based in Oakland, CA, Kadet has collaborated with Bay Area artists Mary Franck, Allison Leigh Holt, Suki O’Kane, Paul Clipson and Gregory Dawson, and has remotely developed projects with Alba G. Corral, mem1 and Krystof Pesek. She works as an Adjunct Professor in Media Arts alongside owning a post-production sound studio, Audible Shift, and is the President of San Francisco Cinematheque’s Board of Directors.