Survey by Qualaroo

Kate Rich


Kate Rich is an Australian-born artist and trader, currently living in Bristol, UK. In the 1990s she moved to California to work as a radio engineer with the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT), an information agency servicing the information age. The Bureau has developed an array of works including the Bit Plane, a miniature spy plane navigated over Silicon Valley, California; the Suicide Box, a vertical motion detection device installed in range of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco; and the Anti-terror Line, a telephone database for collecting live news of civil liberties attacks in the wake of 9/11. The Bureau's work has been exhibited broadly in academic, scientific and museum contexts. In 2001 Rich moved to Bristol to work as Bar Manager at the Cube Microplex, where she launched such projects as Cube-Cola, a project designed to subvert the brand power of Coca-Cola and apply the technigues of open source software, cake-baking and DIY culture to soft drinks manufacture (a collaboration with Kayle Brandon); and Feral Trade, trading goods such as coffee from El Salvador and sweets from Iran, using social and art networks as a freight system. Kate Rich has presented her work as an artist internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, New York (1996), Documents X, Kassel (1997); the Image Forum Festival held in Tokyo, Kyoto and Yokohama (2000); IFFR International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2005); and Slow at Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth (2007).