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Installation view
KATE COOPER
19/07/18 - 29/07/18
Artist Kate Cooper presents two recent films at OUTPUT. In ‘We Need Sanctuary’ (2016) and ‘Symptom Machine’ (2017), Cooper offers the body up as a contested space for communication and representation. Using computer-generated imagery, situations and characters are brought together to think through politics of exploitative labour, and the somatic experience of image production and distribution. Both works present, scenes of a Computer-generated bodies; both female and non-human who loom at the very edges of the screen. Their hands touch; they move backwards on a conveyor belt; and blood drips from the girl’s mouth while the non-human sweeps the floor behind her.

Cooper’s work to date include films, images and installations that present the body ambivalently as both communicator and site of conflict. Though inextricably linked to methodologies of digital image production, Cooper consistently reminds us of the fleshy potential of the bodies she creates. Cooper's work draws on the biological logic of inoculation, the infecting of a host with virus with the aim of generating antibodies to destroy it. Perfect, injured and decaying, her bodily ciphers endlessly produce themselves on loop - a cycle of production and destruction, of latent powers and hidden potentials.

Kate Cooper (b.1984, Knowsley, UK) lives and works in London and Amsterdam. She is the Director of the London based, artistled organisation Auto Italia and was a resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2017). Cooper was the recipient of the Schering Stiftung Art Award, where she presented her first solo exhibition Rigged at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014).
Installation view
Kate Cooper giving talk to audience at OUTPUT