Kovács/O’Doherty

About

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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Notable exhibitions and events:

29.10.2017 1-100
Performance | Studio 2, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Process-based performance presented as part of the 60_minutes series of impro.per.arts.
21.–24.09.2017 Signal Tide
Sound and extraterrestrial radio installation | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Installation presented by the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA. With musical collaborators David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hiss Tracts), Drew Barnet, James Hamilton. Full details available here.
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.
23.02.2017 Duo :: Duo
Shared performance 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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
01.01.2016–present Minute/Year
Multi-year durational installation | Currently: Ladenkino, Berlin, Germany
Multi-year, automated durational installation, running since January 1., 2016, and currently ongoing.
06.12.2015 XB Trio
Performance | XB-Liebig, Berlin, Germany
As part of the XB Matinee series.
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.
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.
06.–07.11.2014 Increments
Durational installation | Ausland Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the durational installation Increments, over two evenings, as part of the Place Rhythm. Pulse series. Curated by Gretchen Blegen.
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.
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.

Interviews, lectures, and talks:

27.02.2018 Interview, Berliner Runde
Interview | Colaboradio, Berlin
Interview, with Rosanna Lovell, discussing Signal Tide and other recent work. Broadcast live on on 27. February, 2018, on Colaboradio’s Berliner Runde programme. Listen to the complete interview on SoundCloud.
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.
07.01.2016 A daily moment
Interview | Lütticher 5, Berlin
Interview with Johanna Gilje about Minute/Year. View on Medium.
17.11.2014 Kovács/O’Doherty: The Berlin Agenda Interview
Interview | Berlin
Interview with Fridey Mickel about Increments. View on Medium.
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.

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

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

Research, work-in-progress presentations:

05.09.2013 Drone Pattern
Research process | Rummelsberger Bucht, Berlin, Germany
01.12.2011 Ice
Research process | Berlin, Germany
Ongoing research process since 2011.