Kate Davies is Co-Director of Design + Make. Her work explores the complexities of contemporary landscape. She is co-founder of the nomadic studio, Unknown Fields, and art and architecture collective Liquid Factory. Her work has been exhibited internationally, showcased by mainstream media and is held in the permanent collections of major museums. As well as being director of Design + Make, Kate is Head of Media Studies at the AA. She was unit master of AA Diploma 6 [Unknown Fields] for eight years, and has taught two MArch units at the Bartlett, UCL. She holds a BSc, Diploma and Masters in architecture from the Bartlett, UCL.
Over the last 15 years, Kate has run annual expeditions to remote parts of the globe - from landscapes of extraction, manufacturing and logistics to remote territories, wilderness and ancestral homelands. She has made work related to climate modelling in far North Alaska, gold mining in the Australian outback, Lithium extraction in Bolivia, high-altitude astronomy the Atacama Desert, Chinese container ships, Indian textile factories and the Chernobyl exclusion zone among others.
Her work is site-specific, multidisciplinary and multimedia and explores the interwoven complexity of these territories, as dynamic flows of matter and narrative, often co-opted by capital. She transforms land-based narratives and complex global production lines into compelling, often immersive visual arts experiences, Kate’s work collides the materiality of physical sites with the array of abstract and immaterial factors that accompany them – value systems and economic constructs, logistical logics and data absurdities, manufactured desires and imagined fears, stories, myth, and the narratives of global media.