Kate will present her work as a Feral Trader.
Kate Rich is a Bristol based artist who for ten years has been running Feral Trade (feraltrade.org) a global trading network working with people’s incidental carrying power. Social networks here provide, not sets of spindly lines and nodes as graphs for the extraction of value, but a means of hefting foodstuffs in suitcases, rucksacks and bags as people travel. Feral trade is currently a means of circulating coffee, blue corn, agave syrup, mescal, chocolate, olive oil and the syrup with which to produce ‘Cube Cola’, an open source cola devised for the cube cinema. Previous to setting up feraltrade.org Kate co-founded of the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT) as an artist-engineer with Natalie Jeremijenko. Her collaborative projects include Cube Cola, an open source cola laboratory, in collaboration with Bristol-basedartist Kayle Brandon.Her work as part of the BIT was included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. In 2007, she won the netarts.org grand prize from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts,Macinda, Japan.