Kate Cooper lives and works in London and Amsterdam. She is co-founder of Auto Italia, the London-based, artist-led initiative. She has an upcoming commission with the Public Art Fund, New York (2017) She won the BEN Prize for Emerging Talent, B3 Biennial of the Moving Images, Frankfurt (2015); and received the Schering Stiftung Art Award, Berlin (2014). Recent solo exhibitions include Piece Unique, Cologne, Germany (2016); Rigged, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014), and recent group exhibitions include Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Tent, Rotterdam; International Centre of Photography, New York (2016), Serralves Museum, Porto (2015).
We Need Sanctuary (2016)
The sick, lazy computer-generated body performs: women cleaning and caring for each other, touching coded objects with a desire to form physical dialogues. Sanctuary sites are spaces of refusal that arise in the body; they are unreachable areas, unable to be penetrated by drugs. Can CG images create sheltered digital spaces, where images of bodies exist beyond our grasp, creating new relationships for physical bodies and networks they might occupy?
Cooper is interested in the potential of CG images and their presentation as autonomous entities with a logic of their own. She disconnects these images from their economic context by making body and object relate to each other in improbable situations. She explores the transfer of meaning between images, networks and our bodies and how they might relate to different forms of immaterial labour and women’s work. Can images move beyond representation, becoming autonomous entities with power and intent, which work to circumnavigate and withdraw labour?