|19/07/18 - 29/07/18
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.
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.
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).