About this event:
[15.05.19] Hayward Gallery presents a solo exhibition by British artist Kate Cooper. Comprised of several recent videos that feature a computer-generated female character, the works in this specially conceived installation are being shown in the UK for the first time.
Cooper’s work centres on the body as a contested space of communication and representation. Utilising cutting-edge computer-generated technologies and post-production methods to render and remodel images of the body, Cooper’s photo-realistic characters act as both objects and vessels through which to explore ideas of gender, technology and the politics of labour. Challenging the cosmetically ‘perfect’ conventions of the digital body in films, video games, or advertising, Cooper’s figure becomes tired and sick, bleeds and bruises. As harbingers of affect, the liminal bodies become tools with which to unpick contemporary modes of labour and negotiate our own understanding of the effects of capitalism on our physical selves.
Among the works included in the exhibition are two recent videos, Infection Drivers (2018) and Symptom Machine (2017), which Cooper re-presents for this installation. As indicated by their titles, Cooper’s works are inspired by the way a virus behaves within the body: tricking its host into assaulting its own immune system. Turning the tropes of commercial image production against themselves, Cooper asserts the bodily nature of her characters, exploring their performative and ‘material’ limits. In doing so, she disrupts our ability to empathise with the images, and suggests new possibilities of autonomy and self-care.
For further information, visit Hayward Gallery’s site here.
Image courtesy of the artist