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 movement, and electroacoustic music and sound. They are interested in processes, sounds, and movements that come close to imperceptibility, and the ways in which this material can be transformed through repetition, patterning, layering, and archiving.
They have exhibited and presented work at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado), Lisbon; Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin; Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig; and Digital in Berlin’s Kiezsalon series, Berlin, among others. They have been recipients of the LACMA Art + Technology Lab Award, and of the Tanzstipendium award of the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. They live and work in Berlin, Germany.
Selected exhibitions and events:
|13.–14.05.2021||I am sitting in a room: Alvin Lucier’s 90th Birthday Celebration |
Stream | Issue Project Room
Two contributions to celebrations of Alvin Lucier’s 90th birthday presented by Issue Project Room, in which ninety artists were invited to contribute recordings of I am sitting in a room. The event was previewed in an article by Kerry O’Brien in the New York Times.
Installation-performance | Ponderosa Unfestival 2020, Stolzenhagen, Germany
Week-long subterranean installation-performance.
|12.08.2020||Listening to the Universe — Radiophonien des Alls |
Radio festival | Datscharadio, Berlin
Radio-art festival by Datscharadio. Presenting LES-1, Oreganoweg, August 2020, a live broadcast of the signal from the LES-1 satellite — which formed the core of the work Signal Tide — from Oreganoweg, the location of the Datscharadio studio in Berlin.
|19.06.–05.07.2020||GlogauAIR Virtual Open Studios |
Virtual open studios group exhibition | GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany
Presenting video excerpts from the research process for Other Trains. Held online due to coronavirus restrictions.
|28.11–1.12.2019||Minute/Year: Four Years |
Presentation of archive | grüntaler9, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the archive generated by the first four years of Minute/Year, as a culmination of the time during which the work was installed in grüntaler9 in 2019.
|13.–15.10.2019||PARSE Research Conference |
Video installation, talk | Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Presenting Minute/Year (Archive, 2016–2018), a three-channel video with sound, derived from the daily data generated by Minute/Year, and accompanying talk, presented at the third biennial PARSE Research Conference.
|05.10.–25.10.2019||Carried Bells |
Exhibition and process-based installation | Hošek Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the work Carried Bells at Hošek Contemporary.
|09.12.2018||Nearness — New Sound and Performance Works |
Shared event | ausland, Berlin, Germany
Presenting the process-based performance 1–100, alongside work by plan b.
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.
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.
Multi-year durational installation | Currently: bb15, Linz, Austria
Multi-year, automated durational installation, running since January 1., 2016, and currently ongoing in bb15.
|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.
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.
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:
|28.05.2020||Signal Tide Companion — An Interview with the Artists |
Interview | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Interview with Joel Ferree, of the LACMA Art+Tech Lab, about Signal Tide. Listen to the complete interview on Mixcloud.
|15.11.2019||Daily traces: human vestiges, self-surveillance, and sound as memory |
Lecture, discussion | PARSE Research Conference, University of Gothenburg Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Lecture and discussion accompanying the presentation of the video installation Minute/Year (2016–2018) at the third biennial PARSE Research Conference in November 2019.
|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:
|01.–08.12.2019||Residency | Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria|
Residency at Atelierhaus Salzamt during the setup of Minute/Year at bb15.
|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|
|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
Research process | Berlin, Germany
Ongoing research process since 2011.