Chicken

founded in 2017

Biography

Katrin Plavčak

born in 1970 in Gütersloh, Germany; lives and works in Berlin and Vienna

1991–1995 Bundesakademie für Sozialarbeit in Vienna (Federal Academy for Social Work)

1994–1999 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (under Wolfgang Hollegha and Sue Williams)

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Katrin Plavčak paints, installs, collages, and constructs objects and sculptures. She sings, plays, and starts bands, writes lyrics for songs, puts a mustache on the Secession Building in Vienna, performs concerts with sewing machines and installs a feminist online archive (www.thehistoryofpaintingrevisited.weebly.com).

The topics she treats in her works come from her personal environment, current political events, media images, and her own imagination or dreams. The narratives for her paintings are often irritating, confusing and puzzling, one could say »surreal.« The viewer is confronted with familiar faces, persons and figures from television, such as Edward Snowden or the members of the Pussy Riot, as well as monsters, dogs, Alf and characters from science fiction. Plavčak is a master at portraying individual persons, but also creates group portraits in classical genre painting. She cites motifs from art history and tries to revalue them in order to give women artists the place they deserve. Her pictures are compounds of abstraction and figuration and include the »bad painting« of the 1980s and 1990s. Plavčak is equally inspired by Alice Neel or Mernet Larson.

Music

Music

Katrin Plavčak makes music simply because she loves being a member of a band and enjoys collective creation compared to the isolated work of a painter. For her music has to »rock,« and the lyrics need »to have a clue.« Texts in English are important, as well as the structure and a »unique tempo« in the songs. Compared to her piano lessons as a child, which were limited to »memorization,« she learns to play instruments (guitar, keyboard, or sewing machines) as a means of expression today. She founded her first band Blendwerk with Chris Janker, which was completed with Roman Harrer and Rudi Fischerlehner. In 1997, the first demo cassette, titled Leroy, was published. The CD t0.or.at/~blendwerk followed in 1999, and, in 2001, the CD keine Angst. The Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung described the music of Blendwerk with the following words: »Electro beats, feedback guitars, neurotic vocals. Those are the elements that come flying at one when listening to the demo cassette Leroy

When she moved to Berlin, she started a new band, the Erste Stufe Haifisch (with Elis Bihn, Jens Rockstroh, and Rudi Fischerlehner).

In 2016, Plavčak started performing with Ulrika Segawerk as M.O.G (Mothers of God). The duo appeared on stage with used sewing machines and electronic pickups, and looper.

When asked who her musical inspiration is, Katrin Plavčak names Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and theTalking Heads. Browsing among music reviews for descriptives, one can find »postrock,« »Noise,« »indie« and »punk« as well as »experimental, progressive and avant-garde.«

Live in Concert

Live in Concert

Chicken, live in mumok, May 17, 2018

The concert in mumok was Katrin Plavčak’s first appearance with her new band Chicken (Katrin Plavčak, e-guitar / vocals, Nicholas Hoffman, e-bass/vocals, Hari Ganglberger, drums).

Author:

Claudia Ehgartner