Kata Kovács

Kata Kovács is a sound artist and interdisciplinary performer. A 2007 graduate of Budapest Contemporary Dance School, she has been living in Berlin since 2011. She is active in several ensembles, including VROUW!, KvT, FAKE Company, and a long-term collaboration with artist Tom O’Doherty. Her works often focus on contemplation and repetition, on the movement of sound in space, and on the performative possibilities of unusual spatial situations. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado), Lisbon; Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin; Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig; Digital in Berlin's Kiezsalon series, Berlin; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Wesleyan University, Connecticut; ausland, Berlin; Flutgraben, Berlin; and Bakelit, Budapest.


Woven All of Dream and Error
Exhibition · Collaboration with Tom O’Doherty · 2024
Website · Introductory video

Woven All of Dream and Error is an exhibition presenting a collection of films, images, and sounds that consider the overlap of two areas of the history of technology: the sites of abandoned railway lines, and the emergence of machine learning — or what has popularly come to be referred to as artificial intelligence. The work emerged from the four-year research process that occurred under the working title Other Trains.

Acoustic Dances
Sound · Collaboration with ArtMan association · 2022
Facebook event

Live sound, as collaborative contribution in a workshop series by the Hungarian ArtMan association. The association offered a five-day sensory-based dance and improvisation workshop at the Lake Studios Berlin. Participants were invited to experience their own movements, to connect to the surrounding space and to each other by using their complex physical sensations in a new, inquiring way by excluding visual perception and accompanied by live sound.

Ventana (Día 35)
Film soundtrack · Collaboration with Ana Matey · 2020
Video: Ventana (Día 35)

Music for short film by Ana Matey. The film is one of a series that was undertaken from March 2020, as a response to the sudden change in circumstance caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Each day, for 51 days, a different video portrait was created by Ana Matey in front of the same window. Each film was then given to a different musician or sound artist to create an accompanying soundtrack. This was Day 35.

Sound · Collaborative improvisation ensemble · 2018–present
Website · Bandcamp · Video: VROUW! at Orange Ear, Berlin · Live photo 1 · Live photo 2 · Live photo 3 · Live photo 4

VROUW! is a five-piece, all-female experimental ensemble based in Berlin. VROUW! plays drums, cymbals, bass, contact mics, shoes, self-made synths, cards, hats, tin foil & plastic bags, bowls, beads, threads and endless other ever-changing amplified objects. VROUW! screams, sings, whispers and listens, riding the intricate waves of their ambient soundscapes.

VROUW! is Agnė Auželytė (keyboards, voice), Tristen Bakker (bass, noise box, voice), Kata Kovács (amplified objects, voice), Angela Muñoz (percussion, voice), and Lisa Simpson (talking hats and oscillations, voice).

Sound · Spatial punk research unit · 2017–present
Website · Bandcamp

KvT is a collaborative unit, which shapes ephemeral soundscapes from the overlapping churn of individually-simple elements. They layer resonance, repetition, movement, and memory — combining iterated fragments of voice, trumpet, and bass. This stripped-down palette allows for a singular focus on the worlds of sound that can be layered and stitched together from voices, fragments, loops, layered resonance, and emergent drone — all undertaken with hand-carried amplifiers, allowing for a spatialised, context-aware live presentation that never repeats in the same way.

Signal Tide
Installation · Collaboration with Tom O’Doherty and David Bryant · 2017–present
Signal Tide full details · Sound mix (LACMA)

Signal Tide is a sound and extraterrestrial radio installation artwork. The work combines real-time signals from an abandoned satellite currently orbiting the earth (the LES-1, launched in 1965) with specially-commissioned music and sound, created in collaboration with David Bryant (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Hiss Tracts) and Tom O’Doherty. Signal Tide was initially presented at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from September 21.–24., 2017.

A Practice of Falling
Sound performance · 2016

A Practice of Falling is a durational performance considering the implications of repetitive movement combined with sparse sound in large spaces.

Women Behind Drums
Performance · Collaboration with Zinzi Buchanan · 2016
Live photo 1 · Live photo 2

Women Behind Drums is a sound performance, a performative critique of male-dominated spaces and a ritualistic manifestation of a wish for more women behind drums.

Durational installation · Collaboration with Tom O’Doherty · 2016–present
Minute/Year archive · Minute/Year full details

Minute/Year is an automated, sound-based, multi-year durational installation artwork. It creates a new, one-minute recording every day. Each day’s recording is published online. Minute/Year alters location each year.

FAKE Company
Interdisciplinary performance · Collaborative group performances under direction of Kathleen Hermesdorf · 2016–present
Video: FAKE Company at Dock 11 · FAKE Company at Dock 11

FAKE Company is an international arrangement of performers, an intentionally fluid and flexible group. Gathered by Kathleen Hermesdorf of ALTERNATIVA in San Francisco, FAKE Company is a container and instigator for artistic freedom within creative collaboration, embedded and embodied in ongoing practices of improvisation in movement, theater, sound and visual art. FAKE Company has been presented in Berlin, Stolzenhagen and San Francisco.