Kate O’Donnell is an Oakland, CA-based interactive audio and social practice artist. Her work explores different means of activating and immersing oneself in a landscape by questioning ways of knowing and activating subtle keys to unlock and influence one’s environment. She is a national award-winning audio storyteller, with work featured in multiple high-profile venues across the country.
Noble Trails Collection: the traveling sound museum
with mike rosenthal & chris cerrito burning man, 2018
A Western corral contains wooden barrels with touch-point activated soundscapes from history. Each touch-point contains one element of the soundscape; the soundscape cannot be heard in full unless all four touch-points are activated.
The traveling sound museum
with mike rosenthal & chris cerrito Burning man, 2016
A cart contains copper jars containing soundscapes from history. Soundscapes are activated by tapping the bottom of the jar and putting it to one’s ear. www.thetravelingsoundmuseum.com
with Erin Elliott, 2016
Two books contain scripts for a dadaist rewrite of Joaquin Miller’s play, The Danites in the Sierras. Marked as Player One and Player Two, both books indicate which lines the player with that book should read. As pages are turned in order, some lines are read by the books themselves via sound modules embedded inside the pages.
Place-based audio installation in the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory prompts visitors to engage in observations outside the window as a means of understanding place.
Portraits, landscape, and more