Katherine Bennett's work pertains to the non-physical presence of thought and memory. Bennett widens notions of habitable spaces: involving the intangible spaces within the mind and the liminal spaces created by digital communities. Bennett uses sound and light as visceral material to foster relationships across these spaces, creating a presence across the trajectory of time. Her work studies the terrain of memory- it's absence, degradation and the new space that this loss provides for new experiences. Her latest environments investigate the development of social networks and experiment with interaction thresholds. She uses sound and light facilitated by programming to create interactive and responsive installations.
Katherine earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Art & Technology Studies and Sound departments. She has a BFA in Sculpture from Wolverhampton University (U.K.) and a BA in Psychology from Ohio University. She has won grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and the Illuminating and Engineering Society of North America. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions, including the ElectroFringe Festival (Australia), Indianapolis Arts Center, the Carnegie (Covington, Ky.), the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) and the Eagle Works Gallery in England. She has performed as MindField Experiment's in Juxtapostion Arena, the 404 Festival in Rosario, Argentina and, most recently, at ISEA Singapore.
Other honors include the Cincinnati Foundation Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and residencies at Jentel, Vermont Studio Center and Weir Farm. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
To see video documentation of Katherine's work, visit KatherineBennett.net.