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'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; Fieldworks, London, UK; APT Gallery, London, UK; Off Site Project, Online.
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 the artist's first solo show with the gallery across VITRINE, London and VITRINE, Digital (January 2021), the group show 'The Sun and the Moon' at VITRINE, Basel (February 2021) and 'Letter to the Future', The 8th International Triennial of Art and Ecology, Maribor, SI (May 2021).