New to Klanghaus

Last July I was invited to join the art collectiveย Klanghaus.

Led by Teddy Hulsker, Klanghaus runs monthly (sometimes themed) art events, inviting artists to showcase work. I enjoy being a part of this group because there’s a variety of mediums and material. Some stuff I’ve done for Klanghaus: contributed to installation art, painted faces, offered massage, made promo vids, made print programs (read typeset), and submitted a vid to be translated into music (Screens and Scores).

I’m looking forward to the next event Playhaus! 1-act plays! I’m in a 15 minute play directed by one of my housemates (who is also a Klanghaus member). My first role in a play since Antigone in High School!

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Psychobotany

(above is one of the promotional videos I made… I had videography of the first performance, coming soon to this blog)

I had two performances of this piece (which is a living piece, growing and changing) at SAFEhouse for the Arts. With prerecorded music, live overhead projector art manipulation and authentic movement (Authentic Movement – Wikipedia)

This project was conceived a while ago but then it morphed as my collaboration with my composer David Samas continued. My first time working with a professional composer!

Consider buying tix for the SF Fringe festival performancesย http://psychobotany.bpt.me/

The upcoming event description:

psychobotany
Using a variety of textured microsounds, Katarina Countiss and friends will explore a loose narrative of consciousness, interaction, and the nature of the unknown through a variety of approaches.
by Katarina Countiss
EXPERIMENTAL.
ALL FRINGE SHOWS START ON TIME. THERE IS NO LATE SEATING AND NO REFUNDS FOR LATE ARRIVALS.

Live music by David Samas and Derek Drudge
Movement by Andrew Rose, and Annikah Peabody

psychobotany-image-dates

 

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Zine Club

Katarina is creating zines | Patreon

zineclub

I had some feelings of emptiness of selling my zines to bookstores because I didn’t know who was reading them. I love supporting local bookstores, but also I think that getting art mail (doing art mail) is fun, so I decided to revamp my patreon page. $10 a month to join and receive monthly zines.

There’s a lot of pluses to having a subscription-based model. I felt like people say that they are interested but putting money into it is something else. I’m grateful for the gesture and the actual money is kind of a big deal. So many artists are generous and that’s tricky because I think that artists as a collective identity need to be cognizant of the message of free art. It just doesn’t work in this Late Capitalist society (yuck).

Also this webpage is confusing. At first glance, it looks like it costs $81 to join. Just saying patreon designers, if you’re reading this lols.

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Recent Open Mics

Happy Place

I wrote this after a bad morning trying to submit old paper work for food stamps in person. My ticket number was A003. My paystubs were a month too old and I have terrible luck with remembering passwords, so it’s not an easy feat to get them. UGh. Then my phone decided to not work. I wrote a poem about my hell-logicked life, then I wrote this poem and it made it all feel not so bad. The poem ends with wherever the audience and performer are.

Partial Eclipse

For all the glory of this cosmological phenom, I was at work in cloudy San Francisco, where we had an informal viewing party. I lost my phone so I had nothing else to do but glance at it and enjoy the company of my fellow coworkers. Same day, I performed this piece at the Octopus. I’ve never been so topical in my performances. One time performance!

Sound Poem

I was reading this beautiful book, Performance Art and was inspired by Free Music (a solo project that played at my house). I brought my toy glockenspiel.

Dance Therapy

I’ve workshopped this piece before for a 10-minute slot. Trying to do it in five was a fun challenge. The one about the Armory was really funny. When I asked that audience member and she said that the best part of her week was two parties at the SF Armory, I was inspired, lol. Read this post for more about that.

 

 

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My Art Life Lately

SKAST (some kind of art show thing) 2

skast

I recently was part of a pop-up where I sold some stickers. I had some zines and a few paintings on display as well. I enjoyed meeting the fellow artists in the show and seeing their work. The opening reception had music and hot dogs. The show was hosted by one of my housemates. I haven’t been in a visual art show in over a year. It was nice to have it in my home.

Sometimes peeps at art shows want to buy something and pick it up at the end of the night so I bought old folders at The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuseย and labelled them with the name of the purchaser and put them aside. I enjoy using Pro Black Masking Tape and Presto! Jumbo Correction Pen for signage and labeling. I recommend.

stickers

The stickers, I got the substrate (Substrate | Definition) from my work– I work at a chocolate factory. There’s a glitch in the label printing process where there’s extra label paper all the time. I enjoy the label paper having a new life as a sweet sticker. They are easier to draw on than traditional stickers but they do accumulate dirt more like paper and less like glossy stickers.

 

 

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Open Mics at the Octopus Literary Salon

My first time at an open mic in a couple of years and that time was my first time. I’m fairly inexperienced, but I like performing. The above video (live audio recording) of the time I brought my clarinet and plugged in my phone to play a track Noah from Fraydee Cat made for me and then some storytelling. I thought a lot about what I would talk about. I really wanted to talk about how since last May, I’ve been taking messages from the dead more seriously.

The open mic a week from this time I read three poems. I like the idea of challenging myself to do different genres of performance.

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Fraydee Cat shirt

Working on my first band shirt. yay, I love making shirts. The stencil was created by lasercutting a vectorized image of one of my Presto pen drawings. I was glad to have gotten some foam sheets to test with so it’s not a bunch of reject shirts. I think the white detracts from the design somehow. That surprised me. I used stencil brushes and acrylic paint for these. I’m wondering what using the spray paint I got will be like.

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