Kovács/O’Doherty

About

Kovács/O’Doherty (Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty) have worked as a collaborative duo since 2011. Their work combines elements of durational and time-based art, minimalist and electroacoustic music and sound, movement, and video. This work often applies rigorous processes to simple but frequently-overlooked phenomena – they are interested in processes, sounds, and movements that come close to imperceptibility, and the ways in which this material can be transformed through layering, rhythm, pattern, and repetition. They live and work in Berlin, Germany.

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Current and forthcoming events:

21.–24.09.2017 Signal Tide
Sound and extraterrestrial radio installation | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Sound and extraterrestrial radio installation, supported by the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA.
29.10.2017 New work [as-yet untitled]
Process performance | Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
New, as-yet-untitled work, as part of the 60_minutes series of impro.per.arts, in Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
01.01.-31.12.2017 Minute/Year
Second year-long iteration of multi-year durational installation | Lütticher 5, Berlin, Germany
Multi-year, automated durational installation, currently ongoing.

Solo and group exhibitions:

07.–09.07.2017 Minute/Year (2017, January–June)
Solo exhibition | Das Giftraum, Berlin, Germany
Exhibition presenting video works derived from the first six months of the 2017 iteration of the multi-year durational installation Minute/Year.
12.–13.04.2017 Projecto P!
Group exhibition, conference, festival | Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
Presenting the durational installation Increments, at Chiado Museum (MNAC), Lisbon, as part of the exhibition, conference, and festival Projecto P!, curated by Pedro Rocha and Ana Pais.
19.–25.01.2017 Minute/Year (2016)
Solo exhibition | Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Exhibition presenting works derived from the 2016 iteration of the multi-year durational installation Minute/Year.
1.–24.04.2016 Restructuring the Axis – Temporal and Spatial Investigations: Three Perspectives
(Achsendenken – Fragen zu Zeit und Raum: Drei Perspektiven)

Group exhibition | Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig, Germany
Presenting the durational installation Increments (as a five-hour-long event on April 2. and 3., 2016, and thereafter as a photo series and hourly audio remnant, for the duration of the Restructuring the Axis exhibition). Group exhibition, together with David Augusto Rios Alomia and Takahiro Ueda. Curated by Candace Goodrich.
21.-23.03.2016 Kovács/O’Doherty: Increments und Minute/Year
Solo exhibition, open rehearsal | Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB), Berlin, Germany
Presenting Increments (as open rehearsal of durational installation) and Minute/Year (as video projection). Presented as part of the series Practice and Performance, curated by Kata Krasznahorkai and Lena Szirmay-Kalos.
01.01.-31.12.2016 Minute/Year
First year-long iteration of multi-year durational installation | G23, Berlin, Germany
Multi-year, automated durational installation, currently ongoing.
19.–20.09.2015 The Museum as Performance
Group exhibition | Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Presenting the durational installation Increments, as part of the exhibition The Museum as Performance, curated by Pedro Rocha, Cristina Grande, and Ricardo Nicolau. With Alex Cecchetti, Anastasia Ax & Lars Siltberg, Isabel Carvalho, Loreto Martínez Troncoso, Maria Hassabi, Musa Paradisiaca, New Noveta, and Vivo.
10.–12.07.2015 Das Blaue vom Himmel Versprechen
Group exhibition | Spreehöfe, Berlin, Germany
Video showing, presenting Echoes, as part of the exhibition Das Blaue vom Himmel Versprechen. Curated by Roxane Goldberg.
17.10.–28.11.2014 Slowness/Langsamkeit
Group exhibition | Projektraum Group Global 3000, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the performative installation Accompanied Walk, on 28. Nov 2014, as part of the events series of the group exhibition Slowness/Langsamkeit. Curated by Javier Pérez-Lanzac.
06.–07.11.2014 Increments
Presentation and residency | Ausland Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the durational installation Increments, over two evenings, as part of the Place Rhythm. Pulse series. Curated by Gretchen Blegen.
04.06.2014 Scissor #2
Group exhibition | Nachbarschaftsgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Presenting Screenprints (screen-printed amplitude-wave representations of audio from Kovács/O’Doherty works to date). Self-curated group exhibition with Belasco & New (Plan B Performance) and Jenny Keuter.
26.02.2014 Scissor #1
Group exhibition | Team Titanic Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Video showing, premiering video presentation of the performative installation Echoes. Self- curated group exhibition with Séamus O’Donnell (Li/kNiFeLoOp) and Fedora Romita.

Events and performances:

23.02.2017 Duo :: Duo
Event | Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA
Presenting the performative installation Accompanied Walk, as part of a shared event presenting duo collaborations, together with Abigail Levine and Paula Matthusen, at Beckham Hall, Wesleyan Center for the Arts.
08.10.2016 Afterglow
Site-specific installation | Musikbrauerei, Berlin, Germany
As part of the closing event of the current Digital in Berlin Kiezsalon series of concerts.
19.05.2016 Alphawave #7
Performance | Spektrum, Berlin, Germany
As part of Alphawave evening event, in collaboration with William ‘Bilwa’ Costa.
10.01.2016 XB Trio
Performance | Lütticher Salon, Berlin, Germany
As part of group evening event, curated by Johanna Gilje.
06.12.2015 XB Trio
Performance | XB-Liebig, Berlin, Germany
As part of the XB Matinee series.
16.10.2015 Erik DeLuca + Kovács/O’Doherty
Event | KK19, Berlin, Germany
Video showing, presenting Echoes, as part of evening event with composer Erik DeLuca.
10.10.2015 Sentimental Punk #4
Live remix | Kotti Shop, Berlin, Germany
As part of the Sentimental Punk series of live soundtracks to films, presenting a live remix soundtrack to a selection of short films by Peter Tscherkassky.
24.05.2015 3AM
Group exhibition and event | Flutgraben, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the durational installation Accompanied Walk, as part of the 3AM series, curated by Julian Weber.
04.05.2015 Montag Modus
Performance series event | Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB), Berlin, Germany
Presenting the performative installation Accompanied Walk, as part of the inaugural event of the Montag Modus series, curated by Kata Krasznahorkai.
11.05.2013 Echoes
Performative installation | Inner Courtyard, Aqua-Carré, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the performative installation Echoes.
05.05.2013 Neither Here Nor There: Contemporary Irish
Events programme of group exhibition | Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the performative installation Echoes (presented in the inner courtyard of Jägerstraße 51, Berlin, on 5. May, 2013) as part of the events programme of the exhibition Neither Here Nor There: Contemporary Irish, curated by Jane Hughes and Enda O’Donoghue.
23.11.2012 Ciarán Walsh and Kovács/O’Doherty
Group exhibition | ESDIP Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Self-curated exhibition and event, with Ciarán Walsh. Presenting the performative installation Accompanied Walk.
10.07.2012 Interrupted Speech
Performance | Ponderosa, Brandenburg, Germany
12.05.2012 Interrupted Speech
Performance | T-Werk, Potsdam, Germany
14.04.2012 PORCH Extended #3
Performance series event | K77, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the performance Interrupted Speech.
26.02.2012 Retreating Sounds
Performative installation | Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, Germany
12.01.2012 My Body Engages in Work
Group performance event | Sophiensæle, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the performance Feet, as part of the evening programme My Body Engages in Work, one of the evenings of the Tanztage Berlin 2012 festival, curated by Peter Pleyer.
28.11.2011 Retreating Sounds
Performative installation | Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, Germany
03.09.2011 Feet
Performance | Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany
31.07.2011 Retreating Sounds
Performative installation | Ponderosa, Brandenburg, Germany
30.07.2011 Feet
Performance | Ponderosa, Brandenburg, Germany
12.07.2011 Three Speakers
Performance | Ponderosa, Brandenburg, Germany

Lectures and talks:

08.06.2017 Self-surveillance and Pervasive Data
Lecture, discussion | Panke, Berlin, Germany
As part of Scope Sessions #66 — a version of the talk is available on Medium
13.03.2016 Minute/Year (Open Minute #2)
Open minute, artist’s talk | G23, Berlin, Germany
07.02.2016 Minute/Year (Open Minute #1)
Open minute, artist’s talk | G23, Berlin, Germany
04.02.2016 Winter Poodle Bar #3
Artist talk | K77 (Keller), Berlin, Germany
As part of K77 Poodle Bar series.
28.09.2014 Sound, Movement, and Silence
Artist talk | NAH DRAN: Tanzstipendiaten, ada Studio Berlin, Berlin, Germany
As part of Nah Dran Extended.
23.04.2013 Beyond The Ring #9
Artist’s talk | Beyond The Ring, Berlin, Germany
As part of the Beyond The Ring artists’ talk series.

Research, work-in-progress presentations:

04.11.2015 Excerpt
Work-in-progress presentation | K77, Berlin, Germany
13.09.2015 Increments
Open studio showing | Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany
21.08.2014 Increments
Work-in-progress showing | Ponderosa, Brandenburg, Germany
05.09.2013 Drone Pattern
Research process | Rummelsberger Bucht, Berlin, Germany
01.10.2013 Increments
Work-in-progress presentation | Bakelit Multi Art Center, Budapest
01.12.2011 Ice
Research process | Berlin, Germany
Ongoing research process since 2011.

Curatorial and organisational work:

16.10.2015 Erik DeLuca + Kovács/O’Doherty
Event | KK19, Berlin, Germany
04.03.2015 Scissor #3
Group exhibition | Nachbarschaftsgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Curatorial organisation of Scissor #3
04.06.2014 Scissor #2
Group exhibition | Nachbarschaftsgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Curatorial organisation of Scissor #2
26.02.2014 Scissor #1
Group exhibition | Team Titanic Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Curatorial organisation of Scissor #1
23.11.2012 Ciarán Walsh and Kovács/O’Doherty
Group exhibition | ESDIP Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Grants, awards, and residencies:

16.04.–10.05.2017 Residency | Queens Collective, Marrakesh, Morocco
Research residency in Queens Collective, Marrakesh
25.05.2016 LACMA 2016 Art + Technology Lab Award | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Research process for new project, supported by the LACMA 2016 Art + Technology Lab Award.
01.09.2015 Award and grant | Berliner Senat, Berlin
Förderprogramme Internationaler Kulturaustausch, Berliner Senat
20.09.–01.10.2013 Residency | Bakelit Multi Art Center, Budapest
Residency with presentation of work
05.09.2013 Award and grant | Berlin
Tanzstipendium
01.07.–05.08.2012 Residency | Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen
Residency with presentation of work

Press and media coverage:

24.01.2016 Interview with Johanna Gilje
Interview
06.12.2015 XB Matinee Interview
Interview
23.11.2014 Raudio Aasland
Interview
17.11.2014 The Berlin Agenda
Interview