CaTV

C A T H Y .V O G A N
Media Artist / Academic / Journalist


CREATIVE
Media Art (2003-2016)
Media Art (1984-2003)
Music
CaTV@vogania.com


COMMUNITY
Journalism - thing2thing.com  
Event - politicsinthepub.org.au
Radio 2RSR Breakfast Show
Editions@thing2thing.com  


PROFESSIONAL
Showreel - Training - Resumé - Testimonials

Production & Training - spot-training.tv
CaTV@spot-training.tv


 

“Your work escapes all logical categories, including such stable categories as body/mind, reason/madness, normal/abnormal, nature/culture, pleasure/need, female/male. It caresses jouissance; a bliss without clear outlines, an orgasm without a body; it laughs at reason and makes fun of its prudent categories. I am a poet and I rely upon words, but your work leaves me tongue-tied, jumping up and down gesturing hysterically. Your work has no need of words, it simply shows and does not tell; it highlights a place beyond the Symbolic and its fascist structures. It shows another place woven in lace. Your work makes nonsense of structuralism and its obsessive search to reduce everything to deciphered structures and symbolic transactions. It puts under suspicion philosophy's grand claim to be a master discourse, a universal meta-discourse, that tells the undeniable story of Reason to all times and all people. Your work tiptoes around such skiting hierarchies, and is a concrete flight from representation, that subverts, disturbs the categories, and the perceptual and moral "certainties" that rely upon it.”  

JOHN NAJJARR, Poet.... [on Vogan's ’MIMOSIS’ ]

 

B I O G R A P H Y

 

Cathy Vogan is a multi-award winning Irish-Franco-Australian singer, performer, composer, media artist, and writer, living in Sydney, off and on, since the 70’s. She has shown her work throughout the world, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Brazil, the USA and Australia, and for the last 20 years, maintains a high profile online through her numerous websites and social media outlets. Cathy is the author and film-maker behind the flicker-blog THING2THING.COM, which has attracted over a million subscribers since 2010. Her artist's website VOGANIA.COM covers 30 years of creative production, and spans across 2 domains, in France and Australia. Cathy's vintage French site CHEZ-ALICE, was created in 1996 and developed over about 7 years. It was rated in Google’s Top 40 Arts Alternative with the descriptive "strange web design".

 

Born in Ireland into a musical family, and raised there until adolescence, Cathy Vogan - aka CaTV - was a professional singer in the theatre and cabaret from the age of 3-11 years, and won two major British talent awards before she was 10, She then gave up the stage ”forever”, at the tender age of 14 and decided to become a gymnast… After a brilliant school, but restless 4-year university education in English, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Mathematics and Philosophy… Ms Vogan joined the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, under the tutelage of Zika Nester and Hayes Gordon.

 


Cathy Vogan 'Dear Me' 1984


In 1982 she began another 4 years of study at Sydney College of the Arts, culminating in a Bachelor of Art degree. In her third year she won the first of 8 video awards for the film "Dear Me", at the 1986 Australian Video Festival, which lauched her career as an artist. The following year, Vogan represented Australia in the same festival at Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley Gallery, with her video installation: ‘Australia Is…’.


Australia Is...


Receiving offers, she went to live in Paris for 16 years where she co-founded, with French artist Dominik Barbier, an art-and-broadcast post-production facility called Fearless Studios.


Cathy Vogan and Dominik Barbier


Having an in-house broadcast facility enabled Vogan and Barbier to create a vast oeuvre of award-winning films, installations, and live events for a French and International audience.


No Way Buster



Vogan's film 'Methuselah' - a collaborative work with the dancer, actor and choreographer, Ernest Berk - received special recognition from the jury at Berlin Videofest 1993.


Methuselah

"A sensitive portrait by Cathy Vogan of the dancer Ernest Berk at over eighty years of age. His body, his wrinkles, his views on old-age and sexuality, his zest for life link up with a reflection on time from both a biographical and a scientific viewpoint. Experience and wisdom has gathered in the wrinkles of the skin just as in the warped bark of ancient trees. The recent death of Ernest Berk makes this approach to him as "Methuselah," the magician of life, a final poetic document of the times."

MEDIAN KUNST ARCHIVE 2003.... [ on 'Methuselah', laureate of Videofest 1993 ]



Her film 'The Synchronizer' won both the Sudwestfunk Videokunstpreis Production Award, and the Grand Prix de Palermo at Video Leggere in 1997.


The Synchronizer


Within the context of her years at Fearless, Vogan produced and collaborated with many other artists, writers, filmmakers, composers and choreographers; such as Alain Renais, Pierre Schaeffer, Moebius, Julia Kristeva, TERRY GILLIAM (for 'The Making of Brazil'), Robert Longo and Orlan.


Fearless Studios



In 1992, Vogan and Barbier began a 3-year collaboration with the German playwright, Heiner Muller, for the documentary ‘I was Hamlet’ (1993); and subsequently, for a large-scale stage production of Muller’s play: ‘HAMLET MACHINE’, where Muller was to direct the actors. The 13-screen event, with 4 stages and a mostly live musical score, took 7 years to create, and was performed - posthumously for Muller - in Amsterdam, Lyon and Marseille over 2002 and 2003.

 


Australia Is...


 

Among Vogan’s numerous awards to date: the 1993 Berlin Videofest award for the film ‘METHUSELAH’; both the Video Leggere Grand Prix of Palermo, and the Videokunstpreis in 1997 for ‘THE SYNCHRONIZER’; the Amnesty International Freedom Art Award (Critic’s Choice) in 2006 for the installation ‘Menu, Title, Return’; and in 2010, a Platinum Auddy award for her song “PARTY HARD'.

A C A D E M I C


Vogan began her academic career in 1989, tutoring at the University of Paris VIII, and was a lecturer at the European School of Visual Arts for 5 years prior to returning to Australia in 2003. Other European institutions that have welcomed her creative, hands-on variety of teaching include the Ecole du Frenois in Lille, and the Kunsthochschule in Cologne. Vogan & Barbier's Fearless Studios also played host for the training of advanced students from the Parisian-based ESEC Ecole du Cinéma, and as a recipient of annual funding from the DRAC (Direction des Arts Plastiques), to many French and international artists in residence.



Back in Australia, Cathy Vogan has worked harder and produced more art and music than ever, and extended her pedagogical activity beyond the university sector. Beginning in 2004 as a VFX and Digital Design Tutor at AFTRS (Australian Film, TV and Radio School), in 2005 she added to that the post of Lecturer in Digital Media at the UNSW COFA (College of Fine Arts). During this time, Vogan continued to expand her knowledgebase in editing, compositing, 3D animation, and audio engineering, to gain autonomy as a “one-woman production team”
- which has hardly slept for 14 years... From 2013-18, Cathy has lectured at the University of Western Sydney, the Internalional Film School, SAE Institute and currently at Sydney Film School, where she teaches VFX.


Cathy Vogan Postproduction



B R O A D C A S T

Broadcast


Cathy has worked in Australian broadcast both as a content producer of TVCs and documentaries, in various roles, and as 'Applications and Training Specialist'. In 2007, she was certified by Apple Australia as a broadcast trainer and began working with the Apple contractor SUPPORT PARTNERS in the role of creative trainer and post-production support for the ABC nationwide and Disney Australia, in collaboration with a team of engineers who were migrating the networks to the Apple platform. As a broadcast designer, Vogan has also brought home a number of memorable products, such as the stunning “First Australians” 7-box DVD edition for the SBS network.


Broadcast


 


M U S I C


In 2007 Vogan decided to revive the legendary industrial music group: <SPK>, along with one original member, Tone Generator (aka Dominik Guerin). they were joined by K.Osmosis, a somewhat eccentric writer and performance artist, for the band’s first release in 25 years: ‘DESPAIR’ - a partly archival DVD with web-links to the new <SPK>’s ever expanding work-in-flux.

SPK


 

”SPK were sold out by one of their number, who turned the band into a metal-bothering synth-pop outfit; now he's composing film-scores in Hollywood, living it large in the belly of the beast. Yum Yum. That SPK are over. But a new SPK has exploded, with the help of Cathy [Vogan], like dead stars whose light is brighter than ever.”

ORLANDO HARRISON, Alabama3[“THE SPIRIT SPEAKS”]

SPK

 

The <SPK> site also contains a wealth of previously unseen relics, including William S. Burrough’s original type-written notes for The Final Academy, and Vogan’s 1997 film: ‘100 Years of Cruelty’ with Julia Kristeva, on Antonin Artaud and The Theatre of Cruelty. The ‘DESPAIR’ DVD was Tesco Records best-seller for over two years.


M I M O S I S

Live at Melbourne International Film Festival 2009

CaTV at MIFF09

 

 

In 2009, Vogan was invited by GRAYSPACE - Sue McCauley and Keith Deverell - on behalf of the Melbourne International Film Festival, to create a half-hour live show for the festival. She called it ‘MIMOSIS’, and it was a story of “method acting, mirror neurons and ogres”. It used and synchronized 4-screen video projection with live action, music and story-telling. Vogan composed the musical score, and played multiple characters, male and female, old and young. She was joined onstage, at the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne, by legendary jazz musician, George Washingmachine on violin, 'The Fox' on drums and guitar, and Alla Bekker on accordion. Onscreen actors included SPK's K.Osmosis, Void Riot, Hobart Hughes and Mark Rogers.



Kosmosis and CaTV at MIFF09


In January 2010, Vogan released her debut album: 'MIMOSIS LIVE' and on DVD, 'MIMOSIS – DARK MATTERS', in collaboration with K.Osmosis. And that was basically it for SPK. In April 2010, she saw images from an Apache helicopter gunning down civilians in the streets of Bagdad, and veered immediately towards politics and journalism.



J O U R N A L I S M

 

In 2012, Vogan released 'THE WIKILEAKS TAPES' - a 24 part series of interviews and creative interactions with international celebrities and grass-roots supporters of Wikileaks. The line-up included luminaries such as Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky and John Pliger, TV personalities... writers and artists... the Assange family... three QCs... and some inspired activists.

The Wikileaks Tapes


“The WikiLeaks phenomenon has shown us that a new form of journalism is possible. It has also shown just how full of Western corporate propaganda the mainstream media have become. The lengths that Vogan has gone to, as a completely unfunded solo operator, to make such an important contribution to the historical continuum is a case in point that independent citizen journalism is an indispensable tool for speaking the truth.”

COLIN MIRGIS, Green Left Weekly [READ MORE]


 

Since 2014, Vogan produces POLITICS IN THE PUB, a weekly Sydney event that features talks from local and international speakers.


Politics in the Pub


 

 

 

 

 

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