Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC) is a multi-pseudonymous new media artist and essayist from Newcastle upon Tyne. Often working with sound, installation, moving image and digital technologies, she explores power dynamics within the digital landscape and the relationship between communication and surveillance technologies. Her work is marked with the frequent use of metaphor and ecological imagery to explore such topics. Recent projects feature eye-tracking technology and projection mapping, using these to comment on behavioural manipulation and techniques of distraction in media design. Her work often engages in disability activism and issues around mental health, critiques of social media and the monopolising forces of big tech, and potentials for asserting agency, resistance and refusal.
She has produced works for DNweekeND (Doncaster), Chorlton Arts Festival (Greater Manchester), Sound UK (rural touring in Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall), Reuse Aloud (New Bridge Project, Newcastle), InTransit festival (Kensington and Chelsea, London), the Poor Door at A-Side B-Side Gallery (London) and Coastival (Scarborough). In 2016, her cardboard and electronic work Dead Pigeons and Chandeliers featured in a New York gallery exhibit on Politics and Power, and in May 2017, she received the first international showcase of her audio-visual installation Watchtower (critiquing online surveillance) at the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg. She showcased an extended 5.1 version of Watchtower at CCA Glasgow with Cryptic in March 2019 (★★★★ The List). Also in 2019, she was a selected artist for digital and print magazine ‘rung’, had a version of Living in an Inbox programmed at Strangelove Festival (co-directed by David Gryn) at The Photographers’ Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Fabrica and Folkestone’s Quarterhouse, and wrote/presented 30-min radio programme An Inward Outlook: Loneliness and the weather for Radiophrenia’s 24-hour experimental broadcast, featuring sound art pieces ‘Brewing’ and ‘Shipping Forecast for Social Media Sentiment’.
In 2020, she became one of six Sound Pioneers supported by Yorkshire Women Sound Network (including an ambisonics residency at the University of Hull) and was selected for Autograph ABP and Shape’s Transforming Leadership programme for artists that have experienced disadvantage. Also in 2020, she featured in the livestreamed panel event ‘DIS_connect: disability, digital and (im)mobilisation’ at Autograph Gallery. In 2021, she was HCMF’s Artist of the Month for July, released her debut album Hurrian Cult Legacy, and premiered a new video work critiquing machine learning and exclusionary tactics of pattern recognition ‘Crystalline Unclear’ with Cryptic.