Kara Chin

Kara Chin is a British-Singaporean artist working across animation, ceramics, and installation. Her work inquires into the implications of fast evolving technologies, such as its ethical conundrums and potential consequences of developing robotics and artificial intelligence within the present and future.

Kara Chin, Playdough Hair Head 2, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 9 x 9 x 9 cm.
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Kara Chin, Playdough Hair Head 1, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 10 x 10 x 10 cm.
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Kara Chin, Kitchen Table, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 22 x 15 x 1 cm.
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Kara Chin, Spacesuit, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 15 x 11 x 1 cm.
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Kara Chin, Dehumidifier, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 16 x 12 x 1 cm.
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Kara Chin, Armchair Mountain, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 20 x 25 x 20 cm.
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Kara Chin, Sticks on a Hill, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 20 x 25 x 20 cm.
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Kara Chin, Sticks on a Hill, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 20 x 25 x 20 cm.
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Kara Chin, A Couple of Haunted Backwash Units, 2020. Perspex, vinyl, glazed ceramics, timber. 60 x 45 x 3 cm.
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Kara Chin, Zoom in on the Foliage, 2020. Glazed ceramic. 20 x 15 x 1 cm.
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Kara Chin, Tsukumogami Tribute, 2019. Glazed ceramic, tile grout, timber, plywood. 60 x 70 cm.
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Kara Chin, Your Chairs Letting Off Steam, 2020. Glazed ceramic, tile grout, timber, plywood. 75 x 65 cm.
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Kara Chin, Future Tsukumogami Mosaic, 2020. Vinyl, perspex. 110 x 70 x 1 cm.
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Kara Chin, Cardboard Wall, 2020. Interactive cardboard installation at DKUK, London, UK. Dimensions variable.
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Kara Chin, Cardboard Wall, 2020. Interactive cardboard installation at DKUK, London, UK. Dimensions variable.
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Kara Chin, Pasta Legs Starch Warrior, 2020. Mixed media*. 130 x 80 x 90 cm.
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Kara Chin, Pasta Legs Starch Warrior, 2020. Mixed media*. 130 x 80 x 90 cm.
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Kara Chin, Snack Fountain, 2019. Glazed ceramic, plastic containers, glass, paper, perspex, timber, tile grout, rice. 110 x 80 x 70 cm.
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Kara Chin, Snack Fountain, 2019. Glazed ceramic, plastic containers, glass, paper, perspex, timber, tile grout, rice. 110 x 80 x 70 cm.
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Kara Chin, Toaster Tomb, 2019. Mixed media*. 150 x 100 x 60 cm.
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Kara Chin, Toaster Tomb, 2019. Mixed media*. 150 x 100 x 60 cm.
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Kara Chin, Toaster Tomb, 2019. Mixed media*. 150 x 100 x 60 cm.
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Kara Chin, Toaster Tomb (detail), 2019. Mixed media*. 150 x 100 x 60 cm.
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Kara Chin, Toaster Tomb (detail), 2019. Mixed media*. 150 x 100 x 60 cm.
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Kara Chin, Toaster Tomb (detail), 2019. Mixed media*. 150 x 100 x 60 cm.
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Kara Chin, Objectophile Alien Tourist - Adoring, 2019. Glazed ceramic. 35 x 28 x 23 cm.
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Kara Chin, Objectophile Alien Tourist - Adoring, 2019. Glazed ceramic. 35 x 28 x 23 cm.
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Kara Chin, Re-Enchanted Matter, 2020. Installation view. APT Gallery, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Re-Enchanted Matter, 2020. Installation view. APT Gallery, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Subsequent Hotchpotch, 2020. Installation view. DKUK, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Mecha Furniture, 2020. Installation view. Baltic39, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Colin Davison.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Sentinent Home Devices, 2019. Installation view. Gallery North, Newcastle, UK. Photography: Jason Revell.
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Kara Chin, Before Altar (view 1), 2020
A video excerpt from Kara Chin's animations 'Before Alter', 2020.
Kara Chin, Ectoplants, 2020
Video excerpt of Kara Chin's animation 'Ectoplant', 2020.
Kara Chin, Alexa Seance, 2020
Video excerpt from Kara Chin's animation 'Alexa Seance', 2020
Kara Chin, Fitbit Worship, 2020
Video excerpt from Kara Chin's animation 'Fitbit Worship', 2020.
Kara Chin, K-Means Clustering, 2020
Video excerpt from Kara Chin's animation 'K Means Clustering', 2020.
Kara Chin, Sentient Mecha Furniture, 2020.
Video documentation of Kara Chin's exhibition 'Sentient Mecha Furniture' at BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK in 2020.

Kara Chin's combines transhumanist and nonhuman perspectives into fictional narratives, drawing theorists such as Sherry Turkle, Mark Fisher, Carrie Heeter, Thomas Metzinger, Donna Harroway, Hans Moravic and Nick Bostrom, to often humorously suggest ways new technologies assimilate into the everyday working and domestic environments.

Her often chaotic installations combine kinetic and robotic components with sound and natural elements  such as water and ‘horticultural material’ to combine the organic and synthetic. Their Anthropomorphic features and moving elements are used to transform sculptures into animated creatures through which to empathise and examine individual experiences within these imagined future scenarios.

Recently, Chin has been researching the relationship between technology and hauntology. She is interested in ’digital manifestations’ which she considers as “the most deceptively real 'non-real’ things” and how technology can exacerbate and facilitate being haunted by the future. This has lead to a recent series of animations in which technology is paranormally haunting in an attempt to rationalise the behaviour of machines we increasingly do not understand.

Kara Chin (b.1994, Singapore) lives and works in Newcastle, UK. She holds a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art (2018). She has been awarded the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize (2018); The Duveen Travel Scholarship, UCL (2018); The Alfred W Rich Prize, Slade (2017); Max Werner Drawing Prize, Slade (2015).

Chin has exhibited in galleries and museums including: BALTIC39, Newcastle, UK; South London Gallery, London, UK; DKUK, London, UK; Gallery North, Newcastle, UK; CBS Gallery, Liverpool, UK; Science Museum, London, UK; APT Gallery, London, UK; Fieldworks, London, UK; The Embassy Tea Gallery, London, UK;  Subsidiary Projects, London, UK; Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough, UK; The Milton Gallery, London, UK; UCL Art Museum, London, UK; San Mei Gallery, London, UK; IMT Gallery, London, UK; Fold, London, UK; The Pallent House Gallery, London, UK.

Chin has recently finished a year-long residency in the Woon Tai Jee Studio, hosted by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK and Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

Upcoming projects include: Online solo presentation 'Blue Screen of Death' with offsiteprojects.org (until 20th December 2020), the artists first solo show with the gallery at VITRINE, London (January 2021) and 'Letter to the Future' as part of The 8th international triennial of Art and Ecology, Maribor, SI (May 2021).

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