Cat Bluemke asks viewers to interact with her Augmented Reality sculpture to examine various forms of carbon accumulation.

Artist Statement

Title: Carbon Connection

Carbon Connection uses augmented reality (AR) to imagine the future in real-time. The work examines various forms of carbon accumulation, from free market to regulated approaches.

By varying our dependence on fossil fuels, collective action determines the reality of our futures represented in the application. Adapting existing technologies already in consumer culture, Carbon Connection demonstrates the urgent potential present in collective participation.

– Cat Bluemke

About the Artist

Cat Bluemke‘s practice explores the distribution and conflicts of capital in relation to technology. She uses design, performance and interaction to investigate collaboration and abstraction.

Cat works both independently and collectively. She is part of the collective Tough Guy Mountain, a Toronto new media art collective that uses bureaucratic practices as artistic medium. She co-runs the collective’s DIY-space, The Brandscape, including workshops to make creative technologies more accessible in the arts community.

Cat has shown her work in venues both local and international, including: Kunsternes Hus (Norway), Projet Pangée (Montreal), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Notable commissions include Art Toronto 2015 and OCADU’s Imagination Catalyst. She was awarded the OCADU Alfred Vivash award and SAIC’s New Artists Society Scholarship for her studies.

Project Collaborators

Ian Klesmer, Policy Advisor, The Atmospheric Fund

Ian McVey, Project Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium