Kate Geck is an artist born on unceded Jagera and Turrbal land in Meanjin/Brisbane and currently living on unceded Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land in Narrm/Melbourne in Australia. She is a digital artist working with textiles, neon, animation, machine learning, augmented reality and the internet.

Her practice tends to the connections between humans and technology, exploring ways to materialise the seemingly immaterial nature of the digital. She is interested in network culture: working with code, installation and textiles to create interactive surfaces exploring thresholds between the physical and the digital. These surfaces are overloaded, saturated and glitchy, using network iconography and digital composition tropes. Invoking the language of the Internet, this aesthetic critiques a hyper mediated age, creating sites of respite and resistance that think through alternative agendas for networked technologies. Her recent work has been exploring a 'textillic' approach to creative practice with machine learning models. This uses textile language and practices to examine how interconnection, materiality and shared agency might become foregrounded in exchanges between human and machine intelligences.

She has exhibited in Australia and abroad including 2020 and 2021 major commissions from the University of Queensland Art Museum, with funding and commissions from a range of organisations. Her research is focused on practice-led interventions with digital materialities, in particular the emerging relations between human + machine intelligence and the need to explore non-extractive practices with these technologies. This includes the current research projects Polyphonic Motions and Melodic Motions co-designing an online tool with artists who have intellectual disability. This project is a collaboration with Fog Theatre and The RMIT Care-full Design Lab (Alan Nguyen, Al Thumm, Jaz Choi, En Wong, Matt Deline) and is using machine learning to support healthy motion, social inclusion and creative practice.

She is a lecturer in the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) at RMIT University where she co-ordinates the Specialisations stream and manages the Placements program. She also co-directs the RMIT Wearable + Sensing Network alongside Emma Luke, Jude Glover and Olivia Hamilton.

She worked for over a decade in community arts for organisations such as Artful Dodgers, SIGNAL Arts, 100 Stories Building, and Gertrude St Projection Festival. She has previously taught into the Bachelor of Illustration at Melbourne Polytechnic, RMIT Digital Media and QUT Creative Industries.

🌈 Mail if you want to chat 🌈 kate dot geck at gmail dot com 🌈

Image by Kate Geck "datagaze.jpg" 2020 (digital artwork)