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.

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Kara Chin, Information Wants To Be Free? Art and the Internet, 2022. Installation view. ADM Gallery, Singapore. Photographer: Quek Jia Liang.
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Kara Chin, Information Wants To Be Free? Art and the Internet, 2022. Installation view. ADM Gallery, Singapore. Photographer: Quek Jia Liang.
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Kara Chin, Show Real, 2022. Installation view. Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK. Photographer: Jules Lister.
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Kara Chin, Show Real, 2022. Installation view. Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK. Photographer: Jules Lister.
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Kara Chin, Show Real, 2022. Installation view. Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK. Photographer: Jules Lister.
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Kara Chin, Show Real, 2022. Installation view. Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK. Photographer: Jules Lister.
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Kara Chin, Fountain of Youth, 2021. Installation view. Huxley Parlour, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Fountain of Youth, 2021. Installation view. Huxley Parlour, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Fountain of Youth, 2021. Installation view. Huxley Parlour, London, UK.
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Kara Chin, Remedial Works, 2021. Installation view. Quench, Margate, UK. Photographer: Ollie Harrop.
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Kara Chin, Closer Than We Think!, 2020. Video installation with 3 channel HD video and blue filter 00:09:43, 00:06:57 and 00:07:38. Dimensions variable. Installation at Maribor Art Gallery, SI. Photographer: Damjan Švarc.
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Kara Chin, You Will Knead, 2021. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Kara Chin, You Will Knead, 2021. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Kara Chin, You Will Knead, 2021. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Kara Chin, You Will Knead, 2021. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Kara Chin, You Will Knead, 2021. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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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'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 led 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 internationally at galleries and museums including: Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK; The 8th International Triennial of Art and Ecology, Maribor, SI; BALTIC39, Newcastle, UK; South London Gallery, London, UK; ADM Gallery, Singapore; DKUK, London, UK; Gallery North, Newcastle, UK; CBS Gallery, Liverpool, UK; Science Museum, London, UK; APT Gallery, London, UK; Fieldworks, London, UK; Quench, Margate, UK; VITRINE, London, UK; VITRINE, Basel, UK; VITRINE, Digital; 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; Off Site Project, Online; Huxley Parlour, London, UK.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions include: 'What’s for Tea?' a traveling exhibition by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (until 18 July 2022) and the artist's first exhibition in China at Linseed Projects in Shanghai, CN (Summer 2022).

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, Sentient Mecha Furniture, 2020.
Video documentation of Kara Chin's exhibition 'Sentient Mecha Furniture' at BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK in 2020.
Kara Chin, Items For Scale (virtual), 2021
Kara Chin, Items For Scale (virtual), 2021. 1080p looped animation, 9:16. 00:00:53.
Kara Chin, Virtual Kneads, 2021
Kara Chin, Virtual Kneads, 2021. 1080p looped animation, 9:16. 00:00:51.
Documentation of 'Show Real' (2022)
Documentation of Kara Chin's solo show 'Show Real' at Humber Street gallery, Hull, UK (2022)
Art Weekend Basel 2021
Apr 2021
10
Saturday
10:00 am
6:00 pm
Free

Kara Chin, Manutcher Milani, Anna Perach and Ilaria Vinci

Group event

Art Weekend Basel 2021

VITRINE, Basel

The Sun and the Moon
Mar 2021
06
Saturday
Jun 2021
06
Sunday

Kara Chin, Manutcher Milani, Anna Perach and Ilaria Vinci

Group show

The Sun and the Moon

VITRINE, Basel

You Will Knead
Feb 2021
06
Saturday
May 2021
29
Saturday
Group show

You Will Knead

VITRINE, Bermondsey

VITRINE, Digital

Sounding Off 2.0
Aug 2020
09
Sunday
Nov 2020
08
Sunday

Nadim Abbas, Nicole Bachmann, Edwin Burdis, Kara Chin, Anaïs Comer, Tim Etchells, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ludovica Gioscia, Katrin Hanusch, Candice Jacobs, Sophie Jung, Rene Matić, Campbell McConnell, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Milly Peck, Sam Porritt, Ralph Pritchard, Natasha Rees, Bioni Samp, James Stopforth, and Charlie Godet Thomas.

Group show

Sounding Off 2.0

VITRINE, Digital

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