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Cat Auburn


Cat Auburn (she/her) is an Aotearoa New Zealand artist living in Argyll. She engages with sociological, historical and political hyperobjects: a term coined by the philosopher Timothy Morton to describe events that are too vast for an individual to wholly grasp and experience. Investigating how culture is constructed, reinforced, and strategically employed is at the heart of her interdisciplinary practice.

Cat is currently an AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium PhD candidate at Northumbria University (UK). Her doctoral research is a practice-based, autotheoretical exploration of the personal, political and social stakes of engaging with national identity and collective memory.

Cat is the co-host of the podcast series, Thinking-With. The podcast is a long-form, unpolished conversation between Cat Auburn and Kyle Lewis, in which they think-with different ideas and people in each season.

Cat is co-editor of the Special Issue of the journal Arts, titled Autotheory in Contemporary Visual Arts Practice. She is also one half of an international collaboration called apple.slicers – an intentional act of thinking together and staying with the trouble with artist/architect, Kyle Lewis.

In 2016, Cat’s exhibition, ‘The Horses Stayed Behind’ received the 2016 Award for Best Regional Art Exhibition at the Aotearoa New Zealand Museum Awards. This exhibition had a three-year national tour and was created during the 2014/2015 Tylee Cottage Artist Residency with the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, (NZ). Other residencies include D6 Culture in Transit (UK, 2019); Tyneside Cinema (UK, 2016); Olivia Spencer Bower Fellowship (NZ, 2010). Exhibitions include: TRIO Biennial (Brazil), Tyneside Cinema (UK), Baltic 39 (UK), Sarjeant Gallery (NZ), Dowse Art Museum (NZ), Te Manawa Museum (NZ), Waikato Museum (NZ), Tauranga Art Gallery (NZ). Cat’s 2018 short film, ‘Shaken’ (commission by Northern Film and Media in collaboration with Channel 4) was broadcast on national UK television in August 2018 and was officially selected for the 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK).

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