Approved: 16.09.2013

Laura Jane Cooper

Approved: 16.09.2013

I make work with a strong performative element shown in mediums of video, sound, installation and live performance.
My works are often documents of choreographed and repetitive exercises between individuals. Exploring boundaries of communication, control and negotiation between people is one of my primary interests, and as such I sometimes engage with close family members, specific groups of local

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

I make work with a strong performative element shown in mediums of video, sound, installation and live performance. My works are often documents of choreographed and repetitive exercises between individuals. Exploring boundaries of communication, control and negotiation between people is one of my primary interests, and as such I sometimes engage with close family members, specific groups of local people or audiences. Themes of deconstruction, destruction recur in my work, which has expanded from intimate performance to camera works more recently to public performance engaging several performers. I am interested in personal and collective actions and contemporary ritual and how these can be sustain and created. My work uses play to engage people in to absurd, poetic and transformative actions, that utilise specific materials and sites. I use composition and structure to examine group social behaviour, exposing deviation from rules and uniformity, through exposing human error and individual will.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - MFA Fine Art Media, The Slade School of Art (UCL), London 2006 - BA Hons Fine Art , Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK Group exhibitions 2011 - 'A Hunt', Co-Exist Gallery, Southend On The Sea, UK 2011 - Works In Video, SIB (Space in Between) Gallery, London, UK 2010 - SAP Open Studio's and Exhibition, Stone&Water Gallery, Anyang, Seoul, South Korea 2008 - 'Exercise - Roses', Live and Internet Performance at the British Arts Council Building Bangkok, Thailand. And streamed live to Mediatised Sites Performance festival Dance City, Newcastle UK 2008 - 'Exercise Ice' 700IS Film Festival, Culture Centre of Fljótsdalshérað, Egilsstaðir, Iceland 2008 - 'Exercise Internet2', Internet Performance for 'Slowness' exhibition, Live from 'Asyet unammed collective' to Redwire Gallery Liverpool UK streamed online, Redwire Galery Liverpool UK Curated projects 2009 - 'Desaturated' Interdiscplinary Exhibition of British Art, Involving artists Allsopp&Weir, Simon Faithful, Seamus Harahan, Moira Lovell, Elizabeth McAlpine and Ginny Reed, featuring Installation Photography and Video, Chulalongkorn University 'The Arts Centre', Bangkok Thailand Live/Performance 2011 - A Hunt, Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL, London 2011 - A Hunt Replayed (boombox version), The Bluecoat Arts Center, Liverpool 2011 - Inside The Line, Chester Castle, Chester Performs, Chester, UK 2010 - 'Mirror Dress', Performance with wearable sculpture, Central World Shopping Mall, Bangkok Thailand 2009 - Exercise Towers, Public Performance, Bangkok Thailand Residencies 2010 - (SAP) Seoksu Market International Resdency Program , Stone&Water Gallery, Anyang, Seoul, South Korea 2010 - Act II Mini Residency, Rhubaba Artist run Space, Edinburgh, UK 2008 - Residency Program, Shrewsbury International School Thailand and Arts Council Thailand, Bangkok Thailand Public commissions 2011 - CONDUCT, A Performance For Deptford Town Center, Deptford X Festival, Deptford, London