KMA is a collaboration between UK artists Tom Wexler and Kit Monkman. The pair have been creating work together since they met in York in 1998, and continue to pursue their shared interests in light, technology, narrative, ritual and the active role of the audience.
Most of their pieces are a hybrid of generative and narrative performance created using projected light and sound. They are normally set out of doors, in large urban spaces, without prepared actors or formal participants. The scale of the work creates a vast aesthetic impact on the environments in which these works reside, drawing audiences to it – quite often by chance – as people go about their daily lives. Curiosity draws people in but it is the intelligence of the language structures which layer within these installations which holds the public attention and engages them in problem solving, play and social engagement. By arresting time and space within the public arena and blurring the distinction between performer and audience, KMA’s work is opening up new environments in which art and audiences meet, equally on each other’s terms.
KMA’s works to date include Congregation, Flock (with Tom Sapsford), Unsung Heroes, Great Street Games, Strange Attractors, Brief Encounters, Waves, Dancing in the Streets and The Square.
Tom & Kit have also collaborated with other artists for projects including Regina (with Tom Sapsford), To Be Straight With You (with Lloyd Newson / DV8), Find Me Amongst The Black, The Virgin Queen and Eng-er-land (with Darshan Singh Bhuller).