Kat Mustatea is an imagination engine whose tech-native storytelling stretches theater into the digital age.
She has written plays in which people turn into lizards, a woman has a sexual relationship with a swan, and a one-eyed cyclops tries to fit into Manhattan society by getting a second eye surgically implanted in his head. Her TED talk originates a wholly new thesis about the meaning of machines making art as society shifts radically toward autonomous, algorithmic systems.
She speaks frequently about the intersection of cutting edge technology and art (most recently at SXSW, The Pompidou Center in Paris, and Creative Tech Week in NYC). Currently a member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at The New Museum in New York City, she is writing a book about art in the age of autonomous machines.
She studied philosophy at Columbia University and sculpture at Pratt Institute, worked as a software engineer and product manager, and founded a theater company in Berlin. Over the last decade, she has developed cross-disciplinary works for the stage that combine music, dance, and highly emotional theater. Her plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Oslo. Her essays appear in Forbes, The Week, and Hyperallergic.
Edgecut: Who Buys Digital Art—And Why
The Centre Pompidou, Paris: Speaking at STARTS Residencies
SXSW 2019: Value And Art In A Tokenized World
SXSW 2019: AI’s Impact On Music & Creativity: Phantasia Or Dystopia?
SXSW 2019: How does technology affect the legacy of art?
Puppetry or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Art Made By AI
Hyperallergic: An AI Artist’s Twitter Feed Is An Art Gallery
The Week: Human-like AI is dangerous for society
The Mall to screen at The Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival 2019 (watch trailer)
(Details and portfolio coming soon.)