MICHAEL C COLDWELL

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Michael C Coldwell Artist Photographer Time Year  

A WOMB WITH A VIEW

PHOTO BOOK

2016

These images attempt to capture time itself. The artist took two photographs for every single day of his daughter's first year. One of the room she grew up in, and one of the view from the window. We see the baby grow as the seasons change behind her, every photo is strangely different and the same. What is startling, however, is how much time appears lost, despite a record comprising hundreds of pictures. Here lies the the poetry, paradox and power of photography - what is absent tells us more than what is present - that all time is lost.

 

 

   
Michael C Coldwell Filmmaker Photographer Artist Researcher Leeds University Time Hauntology  

OUTSIDE TIME

SHORT FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

2016

A young girl gazes down at the street below, but the streets are empty... This work explores the idea that children have gradually vanished from public urban space over the past one hundred years or so. It does not seek to document or analyse this phenomenon, a task that could be better achieved by other means. Here photography is not used so much as evidence, but as a way of communicating an idea; the idea that a great vanishing has taken place without our noticing, and that only by 'breaking time', by distorting reality, we can reveal how unsettling this greater truth really is.

 

 

   
Scott McLaughlin Shelley James Michael C Coldwell University of Leeds Research Project  

RECIPROCAL STRUCTURES

COMMISSION

2016

Documenting a collaborative project between experimental composer Scott McLaughlin and glass artist Shelley James, at the University of Leeds.

 

 

   
Michael C Coldwell Artist and Photographer  

THE LIGHT WEB

PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

2016

What does the internet look like? It pervades all modern life, yet most of us are in the dark about how it works. In media theory it is seen as Baudrillard's great simulation, a comlete virtual world for us to explore and inhabit, a completely immaterial space. But this view of the web belies the fact that this immaterial world is totally dependent on an incredibly complex material infrastructure - one that is often surprsingly old-fashioned when examined closely.

This is the real web that we routinely ignore.

 

 

   
Michael C Coldwell  

THE SPECTRES OF MODERNISM

PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

2016

Here lie the artefacts of progress. As Derrida put it, "the time is out of joint."

That so-called Modernism should now reside so far behind us feels uncanny, a temporal disjunction if not a contradiction in terms. Brutalist buildings, these great concrete totems from that utopian future which failed to materialise, are now being destroyed and transformed on a mass scale - they are effaced and mourned, and also increasingly lionised. Park Hill flats are now protected. Some of this vast site is being renovated, but huge tracks are likely to remain abandoned - a meta-anachronism, a distant past future, forever in the present.

     
     

 

© 2017 MICHAEL SCHOFIELD