We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathi Schulz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kathi, why did you pursue a creative career?
There was never a point in my life where I questioned that all I want to do is make art. I went to art school right after high school and didn’t spend much thought towards how to make a living and how broken the art market and the system we live in is. Once this occurred to me, I was already so invested in my practice that it was too late. Making art is the point of origin of everything I do, think and desire. Even though being an artist is incredibly difficult and money presents a constant issue, I know that shifting the focus of my life away from my practice would make me so miserable that my life wouldn’t be worth living. It never felt like a conscious decision to pursue a career as an artist, it’s more like doing anything else would feel like betraying myself and wasting my time and energy.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started as a painter but over the last few years became interested in working with emerging technologies. I work in different media like Artificial Intelligence, VR/AR, multimedia installation, video, painting and I recently started getting more into working with sound/music. I’m interested not only in expanding the possibilities of emerging technologies through art but also to explore technology as a system, how digitality is saturating every aspect of our lives and how existing sociopolitical power structures are both fragmented and homogenized by digitality. Through my practice I’m investigating the interdependence between technology, body, and mind, and the various utopian/dystopian narratives provoked by this relationship. Im interested in conjuring up a space in which technology is not separate from but a part of us, allowing a critical and generative perspective that unfolds new possibilities and means of perception.

I teach myself how to use all the hard- and software I need to make my work. Before moving out here I was struggling to find a community that could provide me with tech-support and that had an artistic approach towards digital technologies. It was definitely difficult to make the step to move to LA, leaving everything behind. However, not investing everything I had imposed a much bigger risk to me than trying and possibly failing. It sounds so cliche but what I learned is believe in yourself and even more importantly surround yourself with people who believe in you whenever you can’t.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My friends and me just opened a non-commercial gallery space in Burbank, Office Space Burbank, so of course that would be our first stop to hang out look at interesting art and meet cool people. Then we would hit a couple of other galleries, check out some openings, go to the beach and get some tacos. I only moved her less than a year ago, and it feels like there is still so much to discover and I have only experienced a very small percentage of what LA has to offer.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
big shoutout to all the inspiring, incredibly smart and supportive artists I have met at CalArts. And of course to my family and my friends back home in Germany who supported me in my decision of moving out to LA.

Website: www.kathischulz.com

Instagram: prinzessinplastik

Image Credits
credits: Kathi Schulz

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