KATE COOPER:
LOOK BOOK

Edited by Ellen Blumenstein, Heike Catherina Mertens
Published by Sternberg Press
July 2016, English
24 x 33 cm, full color
Softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-225-0

Price: 105 lei

Texts by Hannah Black, Ellen Blumenstein, Christina Weiss, Catherine Wood

This publication accompanies the first institutional solo show by Kate Cooper, winner of the 2014 Schering Stiftung Art Award. Cooper’s photographic and video work addresses the role of digital media in the formation of subjectivity. In her computer-generated identities, the self is reduced to a superficial beauty of the surface: absorbing its subjects, the imagery of advertising seems more real than those it addresses. Confronting viewers with carefully manipulated visual identities, Cooper’s work asks us to consider “beauty as a mode of production” and “beauty as a public institution”—enacting types of labor and representation. The exhibition—“RIGGED,” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin—included a series of TV shows developed in collaboration with the London-based art collective Auto Italia.

Along with Cooper’s finely rendered (im)perfect models and symbols, LOOK BOOK includes a new short story by Hannah Black titled “Personal Trainer,” appendices by KW curator Ellen Blumenstein, an introduction by Christina Weiss, and subtitles and slogans (“Is seeing everything? Are you all-unseeing?”) by Catherine Wood.

Copublished with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

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