Kate Mitchell video work “Open Channels” in the The Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art (NPCA)
Kate Mitchell’s video work Open Channels, presented at the 2022 Adelaide Bienalle: ‘Free/State’, is a Q & A session with the spirit realm providing insight, guidance and perspective on high volume questions Australian’s asked Google across 2020 and 2021.
Kate Mitchell’s practice spans video, objects, image-making, and public interventions. Mitchell’s video works often position her as the central protagonist in absurd, challenging, and amusing situations – teasing out themes related to productivity, labour, success, and failure. The current focus of her practice draws on social uses of magical thinking and New Age practices and their collision and absorption by conventional structures and rational frameworks. Mitchell is interested in the multi-layered outcomes of these experiments that speak to who we are, what we value and how we exist.
Her work is included in leading public and private collections across Australia including: Kadist Foundation, Paris and San Francisco; Michael Buxton Collection, Melbourne; Artbank, Sydney and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.