His 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 perceive the passage of time. Through investigative practice his 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 shifting landscape of technologies and practices. The methodology for this study is grounded in both Mick’s own creative practice as an artist and landscape photographer, and re-presentation of photographic material from the archive. Currently his 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.
As well as his work as an artist and media researcher, Mick has previously worked in the department as a demonstrator, working on undergraduate module Creative Practice COMM2800, running practical workshops for students of photography and documentary film. He is also currently working in the school as a Teaching Assistant, conducting small group teaching and assessment on several different undergraduate modules (see below). Before joining the school, Mick was conducting Arts Council-funded research into video archiving technologies for the performing arts. As an artist and musician he creates work under a variety of aliases including Michael C Coldwell, Conflux Coldwell and as part of Leeds’ Urban Exploration collective.
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
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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