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
PhD Communication Studies (Photography)
MA Cinema and Photography
BA (Hons) Visual Communication
BTEC Foundation Art and Design
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: 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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