Ilan Katin is an artist working in drawings, live video performance and animation. His work has been published in a variety of print and online publications. His video performances include numerous collaborations and locations in the United States and Europe.
For the past decade Ilan Katin has worked in a wide variety of disciplines including programming, graphic design, illustration, comics, animation and broadcast design. His illustrations, logos and character designs have been featured in a variety of online and print publications. As a video performance artist Ilan has provided visual support for a variety of musicians including Shelley Hirsch, o.blaat, Lance Blisters, Becca Schack, Bora Yoon, ErwinMusic, Lukas Ligeti and The Mad Scene. He has also performed numerous VJ sets in a variety of locations in the United States and Europe.
In 2003 Ilan became involved with SHARE, a weekly open jam session for portable audio and visual performers in New York's East Village. His creative energy as part of SHARE includes the design of the SHARE logo, the christening of it's satellite, multi-location performance event 'Anyware' that took place at The Kitchen, along with several posters and flyers. In 2005 he assumed of the title 'project director' upon the groups incorporation and fiscal sponsorship under New York Foundation for the Arts.
Ilan's personal performance work tests the boundaries of performing with a laptop in front of an audience, engaging the ‘here’ and ‘now’ by interacting with inanimate objects or live drawing as well as mixing and manipulating live and pre-recorded imagery of these objects. The goal is to experience how these actions interact symbolically with the experience of video projections in the performance environment. The first of these works called 'eggsounds' and has been performed at Mapping Festival, in Geneva Switzerland (2005) and Participant INC Gallery in New York City as part of the Roberta Fleck Memorial Cinema (2005). In 2007 Ilan performed 'decrepticon 0001', and eight hour performance where he interacted with the audience through projected live drawing.
Ilan's drawings are a dialogue to the inner silence of the human body and external life experiences. The focus is on pure expression through the line. The line represents truth, humanity in the moment. It is an intimate and immediate expression suspended within the bond between ink and paper.