MICHAEL C COLDWELL

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Michael Schofield research profile photography university of leeds

MICHAEL PETER SCHOFIELD

(MICHAEL C COLDWELL)


RESEARCH PROFILE


Michael Schofield is currently conducting practice-led research into rephotography st the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. He is in his 4th year of PhD study, and his supervisors are Simon Popple and Dr. Jim Brogden. He works as a teaching assistant in the school and also as a photographer, filmmaker and visual artist under the pseudonym Michael C Coldwell.

M Schofield
Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07
School of Media and Communication
The University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT
UK

M.P.Schofield@leeds.ac.uk

You can read his research profile on the University of Leeds website

 

PROFILE

I am an artist and photographer currently conducting practice-led research into the medium of rephotography, investigating what it can tell us about the hauntology, materiality and changing ontology of the photographic image. I am on a full scholarship from the School of Media and Communication, and my PhD is supervised by Simon Popple and Dr. James Brogden. As well as my media research at the School, I work as a freelance photographer and multimodal artist under the pseudonym Michael C Coldwell, and as an experimental musician and sound artist under various aliases including Conflux Coldwell, CC, and as part of Leeds' Urban Exploration collective.

Alongside my practice and visual research, my responsibilities in the School include work as a teaching assistant, seminar leader and conducting assessment on several different undergraduate modules (Visual Communication, Cinematic Themes, Film Theory and Aesthetics) and guest lecturing on several MA modules (Urban Narratives, Final Indepedent Project). I have previously worked in the department as a demonstrator on undergraduate module Creative Practice COMM2800, running practical workshops for students of photography and documentary film. Before joining the School, I was Co-Director of an innovative media company conducting Arts Council-funded research into video archiving technologies for the performing arts.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My practice-led research into the temporal and spectral nature of rephotography began in October 2015. My problem concerns the changing ontology of the photographic image in the digital era, with regard to notions of materiality, realism and mediation, and photography's role in how we both remember the landscape and perceive the passage of time. Through investigative practice my research aims to reveal the 'hauntology' of the photographic image, resurrecting and re-evaluating theories by Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin, and applying them to photography's own shifting topography of technologies and practices. The methodology for this study is grounded in both my own creative practice as a landscape photographer, and re-presentation of photographic material from the archive. Currently this work is focussed on the Godfrey Bingley photographic archive, held by Special Collections at the University Library. This project will attempt to rephotograph the lost landscapes depicted in Bingley's murky gelatin dry plates and crumbling cellulose nitrate negatives, currently being rescued by the Library's Digitisation team. These explorations aim to uncover the role the materiality of the image itself plays in our resurrections and re-imaginings of the past, and examines the effects of this on the digital archive.

Other research interests include hauntology and cultural theory, sound art and installation, film theory and psychoanalysis, digital materialism and creative practice as a research methodology. I am also very interested in non narrative and slow cinema, the use of duration in film and related media. More information on my research is available from www.michaelcoldwell.co.uk/auratrace.html

 

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD Photography and Communication Studies (pending)

MA Cinema and Photography

BA (Hons) Visual Communication

BTEC Foundation Art and Design


PUBLICATIONS

2019 (forthcoming): Mediated City 4 "Deconstructed Rephotography" book chapter, Intellect Books

2019 (forthcoming): A Window on Time, self-published photo book

2019 (forthcoming): UnMediated Journal "The Impossible Photograph: Rephotography, slum clearance and the representation of absence", London School of Economics

2017: Failures of Presence, self-published photo book

2016: A Womb with a View, self-published photo book

2014: Self-Landscapes: Reflections on Photography, self-published photo book


CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PUBLIC LECTURES

10 & 24 May 2018: Lunchtime Talks "Changing Leeds and the Mysterious Photography of Godfrey Bingley" Presentation of my work at Leeds Town Hall and Treasures of the Brotherton, University of Leeds, UK.

12 April 2018: Mediated City 4 “Deconstructed Rephotography”, Moving Images – Static Spaces, AMPS conference at Altinbaş University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2 June 2017: Troubling Time: An Exploration of Temporality in the Arts “Aura and the ‘hauntology’ of photography”, University of Manchester, UK.


EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS / PERFORMANCES

January – April 2019 (forthcoming): Lost Leeds Photography exhibition. Leeds Town Hall. Role: Artist / Curator

5 October 2018 (forthcoming): Light Night “The Remote Viewer”. AV installation featuring my final PhD practice. Treasures of the Brotherton, University of Leeds, UK. Role: Artist / Curator

6 October 2017: Light Night  “(Re)Sounding the City” Multi-media artists and improvised music performance, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, UK. Role: Commissioned as filmmaker for the project

22 September 2017: Residuum Debut solo exhibition – photography, video pieces and performance of new sound work. Left Bank Centre, Leeds, UK. Role: Artist / Curator

2-5 Nov 2016: Abandoned Yorkshire Photography Exhibition Selected images from “The Disappearing City”, Left Bank Centre, Leeds, UK. Role: Contributing Artist / Photographer

2 Sept 2014: Contested Cities Film Festival Screening of short film entitled “Preludes”, Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK. Role: Filmmaker

7-10 Aug 2014: Beacons Music & Arts Festival Screening of short film entitled “Alternating Current”, shown as part of an Arts Council sponsored video art project “Lumen, Beaconstruction & The Space Between”, Beacons Festival 2014, Skipton, UK

3 June 2012: Ragged Kingdom Closing Party AV performance on the last night of Jamie Reid’s exhibition, Temple Works, Leeds, UK. Role: Performer / Curator



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