Kara Güt is a multidisciplinary artist whose primary focus is image-based, digital media. Güt's work investigates the shape of human intimacy formed by internet lifestyle, constructed detachment from reality, and the power dynamics of the virtual. Her work has been shown at Hybrid Box, Hellerau European Centre for the Arts, Hesse Flatow, Las Cigarreras Cultural Centre, Azkuna Zentroa, Pioneer Works, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is an alumni of Pioneer Works Tech Residency, SPACES residency, and Visual + Digital Arts residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Güt lives and works in Ohio.
Photo by Clare Gatto
Welcome to My Desert Nexus is a three-act play performed within a video game. The play follows two players within the game Red Dead Redemption Online as they encounter existential quandaries in the digital desert. Part table-read, part live gaming event, this project combines the aesthetic languages of the theater and the video game. The play can be viewed two ways: the in-person presentation resembles that of a live gaming event in which the players and their battlestations occupy the stage. The virtual presentation of the play is open to anyone watching via livestream or within the same online session of the game. This performance starred Tommy Martinez, Emma Levesque-Schaefer, and Noah D'Orazio with an original soundtrack composed by Justin Majetich.
Intimacy Mod is a series of in-game performances carried out by the player-character and an NPC (non-player character) within the game Skyrim. Each performance consists of two avatars engaged in the mod “Immersive Lover’s Comfort” by flexcreator, conjoining the two at the mouth and relying on rag-doll physics to contort into impossible and violent embraces. These performances posit the question: does mediation through digital space take us further from human experience, or closer? Does removal of the real body take along with it our sense of humanity, or does it release us? Perhaps in the absence of a real body, an entirely new language of performance can occur; an alternative mode of expression not tied to physical identities.
Hurt/Comfort is a two-monitor installation that reimagines the livestream as the contemporary confession booth. The streamer and their chat discuss topics such as the condition of being seen, performing for a virtual audience, and fandom, while on the second screen, a full transcript of their interaction is published with additional narrative; a voyeuristic and snarky commentary.