Kathy High (US 2010-2019)
For Rat Laughter Kathy High recorded ultrasonic rat vocalization in a laboratory setting, capturing contented rat utterances. The “rat laughter” is expressed in a frequency not detectable by the human ear. An audio interface pitches the concert towards the human audible spectrum. This project is based on the phenomenon of the contagious nature of laughter.
Kathy High is CfH Festival Fellow. This is a part, organized in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities (CfH) Utrecht University.
Kathy High― Artist
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working with technology, art and biology. She collaborates with scientists and artists, and considers living systems, empathy, animal sentience, and the social, political and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and surrounding industries. She has received awards including Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for Arts. Her art works have been shown at Museum of Modern Art, (NYC), Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK, (Berlin), MASS MoCA (North Adams). She has had residencies with SymbioticA (2009-10), Finnish Society of Bioart (2013), Coalesce UBuffalo (2016-17), Djerassi Scientific Delirium Madness (2019), DePaolo Lab, UW, Seattle (ongoing). High is Professor in Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.