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Laura Kikauka

Laura Kikauka (born 1963, Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian installation and performance artist.[1][2] Kikauka is known for her sculptural installations and performances incorporating found objects and electronics.


She has built two long-term found object installations, both titled Funny Farm, in her homes in Meaford, Ontario, and Berlin, Germany.[3][4][5] Her aesthetic has been described as kitsch, while also being compared to self-organizing systems.[6]

She has collaborated with New Media artist Norman White, notably on "Them Fuckin' Robots" (1988).[7][8] Her partner is Canadian sound artist Gordon Monahan.[9]

Notable exhibitions and performancesEdit

  • FOR THE LOVE OF GAUD/ Damien’s Worst (2008/2009). Berlin, Germany/Toronto, Ontario.[10]
  • Celebration of Failure (2009). SpaceX, Exeter, England.
  • Exactly the Same, but Completely Different (2004). The Power Plant, Toronto.
  • Tune In, Turn On (1997). YYZ, Toronto, Canada
  • Barbie Bumps her Head (1994). Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
  • Machine Storm (1994). Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
  • The Impacted Nectarine Vexations of Moldy Vinyl Reincarnations (1992). Gargoyle Mechanique, New York City.
  • Tinkerer's Ball (1991). The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California.
  • 5 Horen (1988) performance with Hans Peter Kuhn. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.


  1. ^ "Artist/Maker Name "Kikauka, Laura"". Canadian Heritage Information Network. Government of Canada. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Stephen Wilson (2002). Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology. MIT Press. pp. 429–. ISBN 978-0-262-73158-4. 
  3. ^ Musicworks. Music Gallery. 2008. 
  4. ^ Parnass. C. & E. Grosser. 2000. 
  5. ^ Liz Linden; Daniel Birnbaum; Hans-Ulrich Obrist (2006). The best surprise is no surprise. JRP Ringier. 
  6. ^ Conrad, T. (2007, Summer). A theory of emergence. C Magazine, , 10-21. Retrieved from
  7. ^ Sean Cubitt; Paul Thomas (8 November 2013). Relive: Media Art Histories. MIT Press. pp. 264–. ISBN 978-0-262-01942-2. 
  8. ^ Arthur Kroker; Marilouise Kroker (5 November 2013). Critical Digital Studies: A Reader, Second Edition. University of Toronto Press. pp. 485–. ISBN 978-1-4426-1466-6. 
  9. ^ Miller, E. (2008). Global canadians. C Magazine, (99), 16-20. Retrieved from
  10. ^ Video documentation of exhibition: