(1988 – 2021)
by Cat Catalyst
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Introducing the NEW ‘The Apotheosis Collection‘, a unique range of coordinated Designer Fashion and Home Accessories, designed by visual artist Cat Catalyst exclusive to Creatrix Shop, that will brighten up any activity. Watch this space for new additions coming soon!
Above: Calibrate – A PoêManifesto: spoken word audio by Cat Catalyst, originally broadcast as a livestream for the Royal College of Art Research Biennale, March 2021.
The Pluralist is the new iteration of the Royal College of Art’s, Students’ Union-run Newsheet-newsletter. “Pluralism is the view that there is no one correct logic, or alternatively, that there is more than one correct logic”. In this current form, issues have addressed the dual thematics of ‘self & other’, ‘openings & closings’, and ‘real & fake’, exploring paired concepts which have some tension within them.
The poem ‘Kaleidoscope Memories’ by Cat Catalyst is published in the February issue of The Pluralist. >> The February issue is out now! <<
‘Kaleidoscope Memories‘ is also featured in CAT’S NEW BOOK: iPoem’s Blog (1988 – 2021) COMING SOON!
The Research Biennale 2021 (22 February – 1 March 2021) is a showcase of student research at the RCA. This brings together for the first time PhD, MPhil and MRes students from across the College, highlighting the urgency, vitality and ambition of research across art, design and architecture.
The Biennale platform takes the work beyond its final outcomes, to consider the processes, methods and contexts for this array of research. What you will encounter will include finished works/outputs, text pieces, written texts, workshops and provisional thinking. This is one of the largest concentrations of art and design research students within a university setting.
You can navigate the platform using the keyword picker, by name and by discipline, allowing different routes through this rich and powerful work.
Across the week there are a number of opportunities to meet with the students and research graduates from the RCA as well as other events and activities; please visit the Events page for details. Come and join us for these and find out more.
The RCA hosts an extraordinary community of nearly 300 research students, undertaking research projects across the expanded fields of Art, Design, Architecture, Humanities and the Applied Arts. They are supported by a team of at least 240 academic staff, an amazingly ambitious technical team, a team of scholarly publication support in the library and an IT team keeping us all connected and working both in on- and offline modes and many more.
The students featured here are a special cohort of researchers, having navigated their way through the current global pandemic; we are proud to present them to you here and hope that you enjoy exploring their work as much as we do working with them to realise their research ambitions.
The world of art and design research is full of potential for changing the world and more.
Join us for the launch of Athenaeum: The Library Re-imagined, a collaborative publication created by the RCA MRes Communication Design Pathway.
Working in dialogue with RCA library staff, the group set out to rethink the idea of the library during the pandemic era – as a site not only for encountering and categorising certain kinds of knowledge, but also a space (virtual or not) for dialogue and community.
Athenaeum – The Library Reimagined, represents an outer-voice and each entry in Apotheosis represents an inner-voice. The inner-voice symbolises connecting with inner-tacit wisdom and hidden-knowledge through the self-archival process of documenting both fictional and non-fictional memories, thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Through the act of sharing and disseminating, the internal then becomes the external. Apotheosis is an epistolary novel formed of diary entries in poem format symbolising a ‘library of the self’, which when presented as part of the RCA group project, becomes a ‘library within a library’.
“Athenaeum: The Library Re-imagined, is a collaborative publication created by the MRes Communication Design Pathway at the Royal College of Art, and is part of their Research Biennale 2021. It addresses overarching questions emerging from the global pandemic. Working in dialogue with RCA library staff members Angie Applegate and Tom Cridford, students on the Pathway experimented with imaginative approaches to what the ‘expanded library’ of the pandemic era might be, and what approaches, skills and forms of imagination communication design can offer. How does the definition of the library change when we move beyond its physical walls (or does it)? How might we design more equitable, sustainable, imaginative systems for creating and facilitating the sharing and creation of knowledge?
Within this publication, it is not only the library as conventionally construed – shelves of books housed within four walls – that has been subject to reimagination by the Communication Design Pathway. The contributions in Athenaeum reflect on the act of reading, for instance, what constitutes a safe space, and what it would mean for books to ‘perform’ using 3D typography. They pilot new modes of thinking about what the library could feel like and sound like, what new opportunities for community building might emerge if we searched for books via memes rather than the Dewey Decimal System, if we encountered library collections serendipitously while walking outdoors, what a library of emotions and experiences might look like, and much more.
The word ‘athenaeum’ has been lent to many types of institutions with the collection, generation, and sharing of knowledge at their foundation, including libraries. The ancient Roman Athenaeum, however, was a school. This merging of library/school is at the centre of the Communication Design students’ publication. Together, the chapters in Athenaeum act as a kind of ‘how to’, not in the sense of a definitive set of steps for achieving a single defined outcome, but as a set of shimmering possibilities, guiding us toward someplace new.” – Emily Candela, pathway leader
Apotheosis Chapter in Athenaeum: RE:Birth: https://sites.google.com/view/the-expanded-library/chapters/rebirth
Athenaeum – The Library Reimagined:
Apotheosis is NOW SOLD OUT
In this interview with ‘Exceptional Individuals’ I talk about graduating from a Master of Arts degree at the University of the Arts London, some of the ideas behind my art and the challenges of overcoming Dyslexia.
Unfortunately the MA Book Arts Course at UAL: Camberwell College of Arts (which ran for thirty years) is now closed as of July 2020. However, if you would like to see the course reinstated at UAL in the near future do please sign the petition >>HERE<<
‘Exceptional Individuals’ specifically work with neurodivergent people and support neurodiversity awareness. For more information please visit: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/
If you are interested to find out more about what constitutes dyslexia there is a book called: The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read and How They Can Learn (Revised and Expanded), by Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M.Braun. Published by Perigee Books 2010. Book Finder: ISBN: 978-0399535666
First published in 1994, Ronald Davis theorises that dyslexic individuals do not think in words and are picture thinkers. I would go a step further and postulate that it is a kinetic combination of absorbing and processing information that results in visual tapestry or collage of information to which the individual will keep updating and adding to for the rest of their lives. This often gives a Dyslexic an overview of the bigger picture and how certain elements mesh together.
For example did you know that Agatha Christie, Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Auguste Rodin, Cher, David Bailey, Erin Brockovich, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo da Vinci, Jim Carrey, John Lennon, Keanu Reeves, Kiera Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Curie, Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg, Thomas Edison, are also dyslexic achievers?
Why I think Art is important in society today and why everyone should go to Art School:
Holiness of the Heart: A Concrete Poetry Art Installation and Artist’s book featuring my ‘Holiness of the Heart’ poem printed upon the feathers of the wings, one wing in English and the other wing in Spanish, which I photographed and printed up large 2.2 m x 1.5 m utilising the room as book, with the walls as pages and the corner as the spine or fold, exploring: The Viewer as Performer / Reading the Gallery Space like a Book / Leading the viewer through the space / The importance of language and translation / The concept of unity – ‘We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another’ – Luciano De Crescenzo / and the concept of spiritual integrity- ‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination–what the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth’ – John Keats. In this piece each viewer becomes an Angel on Earth.
How it began:
What I have produed:
My aims and goals:
The viewer experiences and engages with the piece by wearing a viewing device, (3D-Spex) to read the affirmations which are designed to create new neurological pathways in the brain that are totally supportive. The prints are available as an Artist’s Book from the Book Art Bookshop in Pitfield St., Shoreditch with a free pair of 3D specs.
Sequence: An Artist’s Book inspired by my mother who has Dementia on the subject of memory, self-identity and intergenerational change, reframing the past to serve in the present, through the materiality of the Artist’s Book and analogue photographs. It is also about the processes of looking. The Summer Show exhibit was accompanied by a series of framed prints which featured only the backs of the analogue photographs, as unique objects in time and space in their own right, which have their own story to tell.
A hardback copy of this book is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The British Library, and a saddle-stitched copy of ‘Sequence’ is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The Wellcome Library, The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University, London, and The Tetley’s special collection of Artist’s Books in Leeds.
The hardback version will be on display as part of the MA Select Show at the Camberwell Space Gallery, 45- 65 Peckham Road, London, SE5-8UF until 23rd August.
Grateful thanks to everyone who came to the show and engaged with the bookworks.
MA Visual Arts: Book Arts • Designer Maker • Fine Art Digital • Illustration • Printmaking
Saturday: 11am–4.30pm (last entry 4pm)
Monday to Wednesday: 10am–8pm
Camberwell College of Arts, 45–65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF
I am pleased to announce that The British Library‘s special collection of Artist’s Books has recently acquired a hardback lay flat first edition limited print run of my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’. This is now the fourth special collection that has acquired ‘Sequence’.
You can see ‘Sequence’ at the MA SELECT SHOW at The Camberwell Space Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, 45 – 65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF, from 11th July – 23rd August 2019.
Delighted to present a talk on the subject of Arts & Wellbeing Practice at the Maker’s Fair held in the DIY Space for London, Sunday 12th May.
There will also be a zine making workshop presented by Lu Williams, a ‘Being an entrepreneur Artist and Maker in London’ talk by Tere Chad, plus makers stalls selling zines, illustrations, prints, ceramics, jewellery, and more.
The DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road, who offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social spaces, as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. DIY for London operates via a members’ club model so that everyone has an equal say in how the place is run. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together). Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated.
I am pleased to announce that my Artist’s Book entitled ‘Sequence’ has been acquired by the Women’s Art Library, Special Collections at Goldsmiths University, London.
The Women’s Art Library began as an artists’ initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from the early 1980s to 2002. The main purpose however was to provide a place for women artists to deposit unique documentation of their work. WAL collected personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection.
As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, the Women’s Art Library continues to collect slides, artist’s books, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms.
I am pleased to announce that The Wellcome Library Artist’s Book Collection has recently acquired a copy of my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’.
The library has also acquired a copy of my MA Research Paper, entitled: ‘How does the Materiality of the Artist’s Book Help to Augment an Understanding With Respect to Creating a Narrative About Memory and Identity? which is now available via the Wellcome Library catalogue: Links below.
In February my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’ was acquired at the 22nd Annual International Contemporary Artists Book Fair held at the Tetley in Leeds and is part of the PAGES New Voices collection of Artists’ Books, which has started a short tour of three Yorkshire venues at the Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (Below).
PAGES is coordinated by artists and researchers John McDowall and Chris Taylor. Founded in 1998 and operating around the hub of an annual Artists’ Book Fair, the initiative has provided numerous and wide-ranging opportunities for the development and awareness of the book as primary medium in art practice. Manifestations such as exhibitions, workshops, open calls and curated projects have facilitated experimentation, dissemination and engagement for audience and makers. In 2019 in association with the Fair’s host venue, TheTetley, and with the support of Arts Council England, PAGES has under taken a series of major new projects.
Talk on Wednesday 13 March at 6.30.
The books will be on display until Thursday 21 March.
Doncaster Art Gallery & Museum:
Talk on Saturday March 23 at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Friday 29 March.
The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley:
Talk on Saturday 30 March at 11.00.
The books will be on display until Saturday 6 April .
I have been invited to take part in The Mexican Embassy’s Camaradas MX-UK / Comrades UK-MX 2019 Exhibition due to take place at the Menier Gallery, London, March 12th-16th. I will produce a concrete poetry Diptych featuring a poem I wrote entitled: Holiness of the Heart which was inspired by John Keats quote:
‘I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the hearts affections and the truth of imagination’.
The purpose of the poem is to remind people of one’s spiritual wellbeing through the medium of language, which is pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation, and sustainable development. The wing-shaped diptych is inspired by another of my favourite quotes by Luciano De Crescenzo:
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another”.
It will be accompanied by a limited edition Artists Book / Zine featuring the poems translations into French, Spanish and Italian.
Vol 13 No 2 includes essays and articles:
• The British Library – Artists’ Books Now – Vol 1 – Here and Now, review by Cat Miller;
• Documenting Life Stories through Artists’ Books by Ana Paula Estrada;
• The book as performance by Amir Brito Cador;
• The Sketchbook and the Collider by Ian Andrews;
• Mark To Impress: Utilising New Tools by Maria G Pisano – Memory Press
The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books Vol 13 Nos 1 and 2. Publication dates: October 2018 and April 2019.
Heart-Supported Mind – Poetry Cafe – Sunday 27th January 2019
Twilight is the inky blue-black, steely-cool lens of the logical mind
The rational left-hemisphere that’s always asking: Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
Generally, over-focusing 24-7 upon all the little things one should have said, or could have done
Inner-narratives on constant rewind, sometimes for years, decades or even lifetimes
Retrospective key frames in ones timeline robbed of fun
Completely oblivious or unaware, that one was born with a Right-Hemisphere
Offering an additional lens of self-compassion, via heart-supported mind
Like a prism of decision-making processes that are mutually beneficent and kind
Via a hemispherical union, of left and right, both online at the same time
Co-operating as a ‘Whole Mind’
Balancing the polarity of individuation via an authentic heart connection:
With each other, the natural world, the cosmos and ‘The All There Is’
As a direct extension of Source-Energy, each of us, a little piece of Primordial-Qi
A metaphysical integration, providing meaning, purpose and Inner-Peace
Awakening ones third-eye, that can scry a previously unknown spectrum
Discover a parallel dimension
Refracting the piercing white light of inner-sight
The other side of the rainbow crescent moon
For more info and to SIGN please click link >> https://chn.ge/2yX5Uu6
Dear Book Arts Community
Following the generous support from the Book Arts Community who signed and are still signing our petition to save the MA Book Arts Course at Camberwell College of Arts and also the recent students meeting with the Dean of CCW: David Crow to voice their concerns, please find his full response regarding the future of MA Book Arts here:>> fineart-bookarts-keypoints290112019.docx
I have an article entitled: ‘Artists’ Books Now at the British Library‘, that appears on page 55 of the September – October Issue No. 120 of The Book Arts News Letter, downloadable from: HERE
From Sunday 12th August 2018 I shall be featured in a month-long solo exhibition of photographic prints all of which were taken within a period of a year on my walks around London. It will be held in the upstairs gallery of The Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields, London.
The Hanbury Hall has a fascinating history that dates back to 1719. Originally built as a small Hugenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory.
Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR
Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm
Weekends: 11am – 6pm.
Tel: 020 7377 6793
They also have a nice coffee shop and free WiFi.
I was recently commissioned to write an article on The British Library’s ‘show and tell‘ of Artists’ Books from the BL special collection. The article can be found on page 51 in this months issue No. 119 of the Book Arts Newsletter
Looking At Looking / Sequence Reframed
This piece is about analogue photography, memory and identity, neuro-diversity, intergenerational change, sequence, reframing the past into the present and the art of looking, as in looking at the processes of looking which in turn reframes the past. The way this particular piece is presented invites the viewer to pick up the book and hold it in their hands while leafing through its pages. The act of handling the book activates the piece. As the viewer looks down upon the book they can see their own hands echoing a similar handling of the book as demonstrated in the photograph below. The hand in the shot belongs to the same women in the photograph. The age difference symbolises the passage of time. What I hope to encourage is a dialogue on the importance of ones memories for a sense of self-identity. How does memory-loss impact ones sense of self-identity? And how can one reframe ones memories so that they may better serve oneself in the present moment?
12th – 18th July 2018: UAL: MA degree shows.
Artists: Cat Miller, Helen Ji Hyoung Gong, Lawrence Blackman, Marton Nemes
Curators: Ileana Tu, Jie Qiu
Opening times: 23th-24th May, 2018 10am- 8:30pm
Private View: Wednesday, 23th May 6pm- 9pm
Place: Chelsea College of Art SW1P 4JU
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas, I am frightened of the old ones.” —— John Cage
Exhibition online: http://abnormal-exhibition.com/
Altered States – book art – by Cat Miller
I am currently featured in The Xhibit 2018 Show – Championing Future Creatives – running from April 19th to May 12th @ The Bermondsey Project Space London SE1.
Click HERE to see my PHOTOS from the PRIVATE VIEW.
More images taken by Zaigham Butt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/suarts/albums/72157690051800540
Images taken by Paola Gabrielli (Bermondsey Project Space): https://www.flickr.com/photos/suarts/albums/72157668436441548
Roisin Sullivan, BA Fine Art (4D), Diploma of Professional Studies CSM will be performing her performance titled ‘My Autism’ at 4pm on the following dates:
The performance which takes place in the gallery window consists of the artist sitting in a bath of Coca Cola for 30 minutes interwoven with a spoken word piece which reflects on their life from 1 to the present day.
In the words of Roisin ‘The work itself explores my oppression as a women with autism. The absurdity of this act is a demonstration of the constraints within society, and within my experience of existing. There’s a disposition between determinism and free will composed in the structure of capitalism, patriarchy and western society which impacts myself, and is relevant throughout history. The systematic oppression of my autism and gender is represented by submerging my body in the Coca Cola, something which I have addiction to – this act calls into question whether this characteristic forms part of my Asperger’s or is a result of further political hierarchies’.
Grateful thanks and appreciation to all who participated / attended over the weekend and contributed to the festival’s success.
As an actor and storyteller, sometime writer, broadcaster and inveterate liar Dawn has told stories all her life. Dawn sees stories as the spice in our daily life and the bedrock of culture – stories are the lens through which we experience our lives. She is a compelling storyteller, inhabiting her characters, as she performs traditional Myths and Fairy tales publicly and privately, or wherever she finds a carelessly opened door. This autumn and winter she is performing at Pentameters Theatre Hampstead, Surrey Storytellers and Putney Waterstones. In the guise of After Dinner Storyteller (London)‚ she spends the winters infiltrating homes, inviting participants to curl up in front of the fire, and sip hot toddies, while she treats them to traditional folk, ghost and seasonal stories. She is inspired by nature and the elements, and spends August in Greece, spinning tales with friends under a star-strewn Mediterranean sky. Dawn will be story telling on Saturday evening.
Alexandra Willis is a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA, the world leading Pure Essential Oils company. Alex says: ‘I joined dōTERRA over a year ago as I had some health issues that were not getting resolved using conventional methods. I made a decision to start taking care of my health naturally and to start using dōTERRA for my health needs and I could not believe the truly incredible results, both issues that I had suffered with for years, disappeared and I was able to start doing things that previously were not possible. It was at this point that I wanted to start sharing these oils with those around me. These oils are a beautiful gift of nature, and have been used in natural medicine practices for thousands of years. It is my hope and my passion that many more people will look to take care of themselves as I have done, the benefits are undeniable and the effects truly incredible. I want to support people in this journey and help people help themselves. I feel blessed to have found these oils and the other natural products, and I now want to share them all with you.’ Alex will be demonstrating the benefits of dōTERRA essential oils on Sunday.
More info: www.mydoterra.com/alexandrawillis
Georgina will be speaking and giving hands on therapies on Sunday 8th October.
Matrix Project is a fusion of two artists: Sax player / DJ: Mirto Ferrandino and Drummer / Percussionist: Pablo Paracchino who are coming together specifically for The Roots & Wings Arts & Well Being Festival, with the sole intention of bringing good vibes to the occasion. Expect to be moved by their deep dub grooves filled with live sax and percussion.
Mandy Shadow is a British / Spanish Singer- Songwriter based in London. Her songs are about love experiences and moments in her life. Inspired by her poet Grandfather, she began to write songs at the age of eight and has been playing guitar for thirteen years. Mandy’s style is Indie / Alternative however she loves all kinds of music that speaks to the soul. Listen to her first EP release : The Fox on Spotify / iTunes and you can follow Mandy Shadow on Spotify / iTunes / Facebook / YouTube /
Mandy will be playing on Saturday afternoon / evening 7th October
Half hour long Tai Chi and QiGong classes with Sam Ma on Saturday 7th Oct
And two free talks also on Sat 7th Oct: https://catcatalyst.co.uk/2017/07/19/chinese-medicine-body-clock-in-everyday-living-made-easy/
Tai Chi: 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Talk 1: 11:10 am – 12:00 am
Talk 2: 12:20 am – 13:10 pm
QiGong: 13:15 pm – 13:45 pm
‘MEWS’ which stands for Micro Experiences for Working Spaces is a new venture started by Helena Nora Vitola-Jones in order to invite discussion and reflection on the science behind working cultures, community and creativity. She describes MEWS as a breath of perspective: A different point of you that is achieved by connecting to the senses in a series of immersive explorations via awareness of materials and movements in personal or collective micro-experiences to create soul replenishing working cultures.
What to expect in a 1hour workshop:
The mark-making experience is suitable for 6 people per group (half hour each group), 12 people in total (we can allow for small flexibility in numbers) starting with a 5-10 minute introduction of materials; inks, brushes, papers, and the nature of materiality and texture suitable for the practice of Ensō which is a spiritual ZEN Buddhist practice, done regularly, by drawing a circle with ink and brush, in full attention and awareness.
Workshops are an ideal family experience. Helena and Richard will be conducting MEWS mark-making workshops both days of the festival. Suitable for adults and children aged 10 upwards.
Work shops are free however you can SIGN UP HERE!
Kali’s food is a selection of authentic Nepalese dishes which she has personally selected and created using the freshest ingredients which she obtains from specialist stores to stay as true to the original recipes as possible.
Kali will be providing delicious food on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October
Francine is a physical theatre performer, educator and Applied Theatre artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. Her training has taken her from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (BA French and Theatre) to L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris (2008-2009) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Applied Theatre 2015).
Balanced between the worlds of explorative play and theatrical performance, she has worked as a facilitating artist for over nine years, applying drama to the teaching of language (French and English), social studies, eco-systems, computer coding and currently body image/gender.
Francine is the founder and co-artistic director of Blooming Ludus – the new home of her MA research in game design and applied theatre fusions! Francine enjoys creating new work and research techniques in interdisciplinary arts practice/education, working with multi-media and physical theatre, as well as strengthening educational environments which explore diverse learning methods and multiple subjectivities.
Come and explore the world of Autumn nature through song, movement and storytelling! Whole families welcome!