Mad Kate (they/them) is an electronic producer, sound designer, performance artist and writer who began working the Berlin performance and club scene in 2004, expanding their unique identity-queering, genderfucking and sexpositive performative work throughout music, theatre and film. Their explorations of borders between/within bodies, audibility, consent, proximity, and touch as political practice have brought them to theaters, communes, technomansions, prisons, dungeons, squats and galleries around the world. Mad Kate is currently/slowly working on sexWORKperformanceART, a series of audio and performative works that explore the concept of performance and performativity of the sexual/ized body in labour of survival and labour of a/Art. Some of these pieces have been explored through their collaboration with Jacopo Bertacco and Sara Neidorf in their postpunkperformance project Mad Kate | the Tide.
Mad Kate is one half of the producer-performer duo HYENAZ, who have toured immersive techno experiential shows based in consent and touch. HYENAZ are deeply committed to the connection between movement, sound design and audio visual work. This year they were commissioned by Goethe-Institut Washington DC to produce the a/v work Signals for DC Sound Scene. They also produced the audio visual work EKU EKU EKU (A Call to Death) as part of the Virtual Partner Residency with Ghanaian performance artist Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT], funded by Goethe-Institut. Finally they premiered their audio visual work Perimeter inside of a VR gallery, funded by Musicboard Berlin. They now begin the research phase of an audio-visual work entitled EXTRACTION, which will look at accountability practices in the processes of field recording and art processes, with generous support from Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Mad Kate has appeared on international stages with PEACHES, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, DJ Hell, Taylor Mac, and countless other legends and legends in the making. Touring for over eight years with the fluffy punk circus Bonaparte, they helped bring the band’s outrageous stage shows to international fame, and as co-singer with punk cabaret band Kamikaze Queens they toured the European and US rock and punk circuit with unforgettable live shows. They are currently creating with Peaches contemporary dance collective “Clusterfuck,” which they helped form and choreograph for her epic stage revue “There’s Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle.”