Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles based artist and writer. Her most recent book is E! Entertainment, a book of short fiction created from transcriptions of reality TV shows that Jerry Saltz called "yummy" and Heidi Montag of The Hills called "ingenious." Kate's other recent writing includes ABRA, a free, interactive iOS app that is "a living text." ABRA won the 2017 Turn On Literature Prize, and was partly funded by an NEA grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. In 2015, Durbin was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia.
Durbin does performance art in public spaces and online. Recent performances include Hello Selfie, which she performed for the Pulse Art Fair in Miami with Transfer Gallery, as well as with Arts Queensland in Australia. Other recent digital and IRL performances include The Supreme Gentleman, about Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, featured on Art 21's website; and Cloud 9, about female artists and money, commissioned by New Hive.
Durbin is creator of the pop cultural criticism journal Gaga Stigmata, which created an online platform to do academic criticism in real time in response to the Lady Gaga phenomenon. Her tumblr project Women as Objects archived the teen girl tumblr aesthetic.
Durbin's work has been featured in Art in America, Art Forum, XO Jane, Nylon, Casa Vogue, Yale's American Scholar, NPR, The Creator's Project, Public Art Dialogue,Poets and Writers, DAZED, BOMB, poets.org, The American Poetry Review, Flavorwire, and elsewhere. She has shown her work or performed at MOCA Los Angeles, the Haifa Museum in Israel, SF MOMA, and more.
Currently she is a Digital Studies fellow with Rutgers-Camden University, as well as a Visiting Professor in the English Department at Whittier College.
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