Kathy Hinde Audio-Visual Artist

Kathy Hinde


Welcome to my site. I hope you enjoy looking at my work. You will find installations, performances, music, live visuals, and many works that combine different art forms.
I have a passion for creating work that connects with the natural world and try to reveal the often overlooked poetic qualities and rhythms of the everyday. I am based in Bristol, UK. I have a studio space at BV Studios, I am an associate Artist with Cryptic in Glasgow and associated with the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed, Bristol.


Kathy Hinde’s interdisciplinary approach combines different art forms frequently through collaborations with other practitioners, partnerships with scientists, and input from the audience. She has made work for concert halls, theatres, and galleries alongside site specific work for outdoor locations and unusual indoor spaces. She has shown work across Europe, Scandinavia, China, Pakistan, USA, Colombia and Brazil.

Kathy’s music and visual art grows from a partnership between nature and technology. Often using adapted, or self-made instruments, she works with open scores, graphic scores and chance procedures to create a framework within which the work evolves. Her video work frequently moves away from the screen, including site-specific public projections.  She has created a number of works combining kinetic sculpture with musical automata, online participatory sound-mapping pieces and site specific installations.

Previous and current collaborators are many and include:  Joanna MacGregor, Maja Ratkje, Gabriel Prokofiev, Joby Burgess and composer Will Gregory of the duo Goldfrapp by creating video projections for Gregory’s new Opera “Piccard in Space” directed by Jude Kelly at the South Bank Centre, London.

Following a TEDx presentation at Aldeburgh Music in 2011, Kathy was invited to give a talk and demonstration at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh in June 2012.

Kathy has worked in a variety of educational settings having facilitated projects with participants ranging from age 3 to over 80 working with organisations such as Aldeburgh Music,  Bedford Creative Arts, Bath International Music Festival, and London Sinfonietta.

Artist Statement

I am a composer and visual artist. Combining these two artforms is at the heart of my practice, and fundamental to my creative process. I compose visual scores to create music by constantly challenging and re-imagining what a visual score could be.

My composition process often employs ‘open scores’ and chance procedures. The resulting work is generative, which evolves and is different each time it is experienced. I compose carefully constructed frameworks from which the precise nature of sonic and visual events are changeable rather than fixed. When composing with open scores, I aim to define uncomplicated rules, from which a complex system of behaviours can emerge; the whole becoming much greater than the sum of its parts.

I create work that combines technology and nature as a reflection on how technology is becoming increasingly embedded in our everyday lives.  I love new technology, and I love being in the outside world, watching birds flock, or listening to bats echo-locating.

As nature adapts in response to its environment, my ‘open scores’ shape the behaviour and evolution of the music.  When analysed, aspects of naturally evolved behaviours can be represented by tangible, rule-based systems. I am fascinated with this analysis, and how it is applied in artificial intelligence. It is the combination of artificially intelligent systems with human / animal intuition and the instinct to adapt and survive that I find most powerful and inspiring.

Some examples of my work that combine technology and machine systems with behaviours from the natural world are:
(i) A computer vision system that analyses the movement of migrating birds to create piano music.
(ii) A soundscape that emerges from singers ‘echo-locating’ using distance sensors and mini-computers that alter their vocal calls depending on their proximity to each other.
(iii) Online soundmaps that evolve and grow as people upload field recordings. The soundmaps can be played like visual scores.

I frequently work in collaboration with other creative practitioners and professionals from different disciplines, including dance, live art and science. This enriches and challenges my creative methodologies and processes. Sometimes I actively involve the audience in the creative process. This can include the participation in a sound recording walk to collectively build an online interactive soundmap. This invitation to actively listen and record sounds shares an important element of my own creative process.

I aim to create work that generates a poetic and reflective audience experience that enriches an appreciation of the everyday, inviting a heightened awareness of the world around us combined with a sense of how we interact with each other, nature, technology and machine systems.

“Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of it’s own accord.”  John Cage

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