Katja Novitskova (b.1984) was born in Talinn, Estonia and now lives and works between Amsterdam and Berlin. She studied graphic design at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam and holds an MSc at University of Lübeck, Germany (2007).
Novitskova interrogates the positions and locations where the technological and physical coincide, understanding them as two facets of the same ideological continuum. Blurring distinctions between media, she is interested in the interpretation and perception of visual material and works with digital collages, sculptures and installations. Katja Novitskova also released a text, Post Internet Survival Guide in 2010, an exploration into the creation and distribution of art online in that year. It is both the artist’s publication and an installation; not solely to be read, it has also featured as the subject of numerous artworks. As digital materials rapidly change, an image can soon alter and take on new meanings. In the foreword to the book, Novitskova asserts that “the notion of a survival guide arises as an answer to a basic human need to cope with increasing complexity.” She describes it as an essential tool that addresses the space “where we ask ourselves what it means to be a human today.”
Novitskova’s Spirit, Curiosity and Opportunity exhibition (2014) was held in Berlin as a continuation of her first solo show, MACRO EXPANSION (2012). The name is formed out of the titles of the Mars rovers, which gather information about the planet and relay it back to Earth. One of the robots has cameras attached and as photographs of the planet’s surface are sent back, they are disseminated through the internet and re-evaluated. Novitskova draws attention to the human inclination to interpret information through reliance on prior knowledge; often people unconsciously attempt to perceive images and recognisable subjects in abstraction. Novitskova investigates the complexity of human behaviour, our engagement with the physical and digital world that surrounds us, and the online circulation of visual forms. Her work is both integrated in the digital world and provides analysis of it.