PhD, Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
Mike Cooter is an artist, writer, lecturer, and educator based in London and Lisbon. His work investigates the structural agency of objects, be they sculpture, cinematic props or other anthropological artefacts – objects co-opted or created to drive narratives, fictional or otherwise. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London for his thesis on ‘MacGuffins’ - a type of narratively-structured and socially-organising artifact described in film and literary works. His current research interests include the history of exhibitions and display; ontology and new theories of objects and materiality; the presentation of anthropological and socially-fabricated artifacts in contemporary art and museum collections – including questions of instrumentalisation, interpretation and repatriation; the sociology of science and theories of invention; animation, experimental and industrial film and new media; and post-modernity in art, architecture, literature and design.
His writing has been published by Art Agenda, Mousse and The Exhibitionist amongst others. He currently teaches Critical Theory (BFA and MFA) at Goldsmiths (London), Contextual Studies on the MA in Experimental Film at Kingston University, is a Lead Consultant at Sotheby’s Institute and lectures internationally. As a production manager, technician and fabricator he has been involved in the preparation of over 150 exhibitions in commercial galleries and public institutions. Recent exhibitions of his artistic practice have taken place at the CIAJG (Guimarães, Portugal), Arquipélago (Centre of Contemporary Art, Azores), New Walk Museum, Leicester (UK), Swiss Institute (New York), Stroom Den Haag (The Hague), 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana), Boghossian Foundation / Villa Empain (Brussels), Tenderpixel (London) and Witte de With (Rotterdam).