A Tale Of A Tub

Event Onsite 7 February 2019 from 18:00 to 20:00

Opening: Kate Cooper | Sensory Primer (with drinks and bites)

Please join us for drinks and bites at the opening of Kate Cooper | Sensory Primer.

For its ninth edition, Kate Cooper (1984, Liverpool UK) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 C.o.C.A Commission, nominated by curators Julia Mullié and Nick Terra.

Throughout her work Cooper has developed a language within computer-generated technologies to discover positions of autonomy and withdrawal within digital representation. For her presentation at A Tale of A Tub, she will present a new video installation work alongside a new version of Symptom Machine (2017).

Cooper’s work grapples with ideas of producing images for consumption; testing where the boundaries of representation might lie through a central digital cipher, encoded as a space through which to explore the performance—and refusal—of labour. Here we are presented with a surrogate with which to navigate the contemporary infrastructures of capital and technology which demand total participation. These figures take on different roles acting as givers of shelter and invisibility: bodies that can perform resistance, be subjected to violence, and yet carry on essentially unscathed, rebuilding themselves to endlessly repeat and perform their labour.

The C.o.C.A. Foundation is a private initiative supporting young artists in the Netherlands with a yearly commission. Earlier recipients include Jay Tan, Rory Pilgrim, Katarina Zdjelar, Christian Friedrich, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Paul Geelen, Lotte Reimann and Emma van der Put.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund, C.o.C.A. Foundation and BeamSystems.

Kate Cooper, Symptom Machine. 2017. Images courtesy of the artist.