Kathryn Fischer (aka Mad Kate) is a performance artist and writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. Integrating elements of punk, butoh, prose, Afro-Cuban dance, freak-burlesque, vocals and conceptual costume, Mad Kate has performed extensively around Europe, Russia and the United States--pioneering a unique style that is outspokenly feminist, genderqueer and powerfully honest. She has recently begun a new collaboration, Mad Kate/the Tide, with acclaimed guitarist Jaco Bertacco aka Tide of Sound. Together they explore the concept of ALIVE:NESS, taking a multimedia, hyperlinked and textual approach to live and recorded musical performance.
There will never be enough time to explore all the different women I would like to inhabit. But in each of the personas I explore, the through-line has been my intellectual and artistic interest in the politics of borders--both between bodies and within bodies. This pursuit has manifested itself in many forms--whether it be interviewing women who live in rural farming cooperatives in Nicaragua and Haiti; advocacy of immigrants and political asylum seekers in the Bay Area; teaching creative writing inside the San Francisco Women's Jail; sex / work / performance /art and erotic dance; critical and creative writing; or diving off the stage into a crowd of rowdy pogo punks while singing with my band.