Born in an elevator and raised in Davenport Iowa, the 7th
of 9 children. Davenport was
recently named "America's Worst Place to Live." What a toilet. I
was given a chemistry set at the age of 9, started blowing upo aresol
cans in fires and experimenting with electricity and fire and fireworks
about the same time. Started working at father's construction company
once I could hold a hammer all day. Became very frustrated and bored
with school and eventullay was getting kicked out and expelled by
Juniour High. Ran away from home age 15 and started squatting abandoned
buildings and living on the streets. Worked as a dishwasher, cook,
carpenter, auto mechanic, silk screen printer, small busness owner,
entrepeneur,day laborer, street scammer, plumber,
factory, grocery store, salesman, teacher, carpenter, stagehand, fix it
guy. Never finished one year of High School. At age 18 worked in
United Auto Workers Union at International Harvester factory with 4,000
workers. FOUND PUNK ROCK IN THE LATE 70'S.
Enrolled/scammed my way into the University of Iowa. The best move I
had made by then. Discovered
art through a camera.
THE U OF IOWA I DISCOVERED ART. Met this guy named ROBOT aka John Cord.
performances, mail art, guerrilla art, booked punk shows, curated art
and taught silk-screen poster making. Became interested in art and
technolog and ART THAT DOES
Completed BFA in Interdisciplinary Art at University of Iowa. Jesus,
Reagan got re-elected, got more pissed off.
Brother contracted AIDS. Lived in SF.
Enrolled in MFA program University of Texas at Austin.
Founded SEEMEN. Helped start Austin
Media Arts Center, curating, fundraising and organizing events. Acted
and wrote scene in the film Slacker
(the TV Guy). Did a zillion underground shows in Austin, bought a van
and started dragging my friends around the country doing performances.
Started to get small grants/shows around the country.
Brother died of AIDS.
Got really pissed off.
Exhibited in 53 art exhibits and performances in and around Texas.
Taught at UT Austin and The Dougherty Arts Center.
Graduated from UT Austin, MFA Interdisciplinary Art and got the hell
of there! Drove around the US doing shows and seeing and meeting the
underground and finally at the end of the year moved back to San
Worked with Survival Research Laboratories in Europe and the US.
Dear friend D. Montgomery passes away, Kal, ahh, is moved, freaked out,
humbled. THIS IS HIS FIRST PEER TO PASS AWAY.
Currently exhibiting all over, mostly (still) underground venues
Working with bio-morphic inputs to trigger machines that GIVE YOU A
EXPERIENCE. Teaching at SF State and lecturing at other schols around
Currently living on the waterfront of San Francisco in an industrial
district where I scour junk yards and dumpsters for industrial items
whose technology can be reapplied. Currently experimenting with
bio-morphic inputs triggering the machines and robots.