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Uta Kogelsberger is an artist working with photography, video installation and sound. Her work develops out of an intense involvement with specific sites where human interactions with landscape become physical and visual manifestations of a society’s ideology and belief structures. Kogelsberger’s practice is straddles and immersive and critical aesthetics. Recent projects have included Playing the Cave, a response to the climatic conditions in the Lake District; Waiting for Los Angeles, a portrait of the City of Los Angeles; Off Road, an investigation of the notion of freedom in the USA.
Recent photographic projects have included Antipodes a series of photographic images juxtaposing two exactly opposite sides of the world, Picturing Paradise, a mock anthropological survey which looked at whether there is a common denominator to what we consider an ideal place through the example of places where individuals have sought to re-create notions of paradise in their private living environments, Getting Lost an investigation of the American landscapes we associate with the notion of untouched wilderness, Urban Myths a project exploring those American cities that have grown in unlikely inhospitable landscapes and their surroundings.
Kogelsberger’s work has been exhibited at Bluecoat Liverpool, Spacex Exter, CGP Gallery, London, Danielle Arnaud, London, the Architectural Association London, the Barbican, London, and Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC and the Glassell Project Space MFAH, Houston. Her project ‘night vision’ was published in an artist monograph with a text by Jean Paul Curnier. She has been awarded the Stanley Picker Fellowship, the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, the EAA Award for Art in Architecture and the SPD silver medal for editorial photography. Her photographic essays have been published in Wired (USA, UK, Italy), Esquire (Spain), Quo Magazine (Spain, Mexico) and GQ (South Africa) and American Photography.
Uta Kögelsberger is a London based artist working with photography, video installation and sound. Her work develops out of an intense involvement with specific sites where human interactions with landscape become physical and visual manifestations of a society’s ideology and belief structures. Kögelsberger’s practice straddles immersive and critical aesthetics. Recent projects have included Playing the Cave, a response to the climatic conditions in the Lake District; Waiting for Los Angeles, a portrait of the City of Los Angeles; Off Road, an investigation of the notion of freedom in the USA.
Kögelsberger’s work has been exhibited at Bluecoat Liverpool, Spacex, Exter, CGP, Gallery, London, Danielle Arnaud, London, the Architectural Association London, the Barbican, London, and Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC, and the Glassell Project Space MFAH, Houston. She has been awarded the Stanley Picker Fellowship, the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, the EAA Award for Art in Architecture and the SPD silver medal for editorial photography. Her photographic essays have been published in Wired, Esquire, GQ and American Photography
Orchestra of Rocks: Not Rock Concert was an installation of sculpture and sound performance by Uta Kögelsberger in collaboration with Atau Tanaka and invited sound artists and DJ’s Dane Law (Adam Parkinson), xname (Eleonora Oreggia), Shelly Parker and Tom Richards. It was exhibited as part of the Whitechapel Art Night Associate Programme and transformed St Olave’s Church on Hart street into an immersive environment of sculptural installation and sound. Based on Kogelsberger’s recordings of individual raindrops, captured with experimental recording techniques, Tanaka, Dane Law, Xname, Shelly Parker and Tom Richards each created improvisations of trancelike, rhythmic and ritualistic soundscapes hovering between abstraction and dance track. The work takes its cue from Kogelsberger’s previous video installation Playing the Cave - a playful evocation of ancient rituals, myth and man's desire, often futile, to gain control over nature.
The Antipode Series The Antipode project seeks to make complex global relations palpable through a set of photographic diptychs that collapse geographical space by joining two exactly opposite points of the globe in a single image.
At the core of the inquiry are the political implications of the redefinition of geographical space. In our one world society invisible international networks of, primarily, but not exclusively economical, cultural, and ecological systems supersede national boundaries. The resulting collapse of geographical space is arguably the most significant change impacting on the current political landscape. By drawing seemingly unrelated spaces together through a set of geographical co-ordinates the series seeks to create unexpected connections to draw attention to the fact that in spite of differences our worlds are inextricably connected.
Pockets of Freedom; Off Road is the second installment of a Trilogy of works that looks at controlled pockets of freedom in the United States and how these notions are manifested in a unique relationship to the American landscape. It explores freedom as a construct that is instrumental in sustaining the political system that houses it. Off Road was developed out of an intense and sustained over a five-year period at a State vehicular Recreation Area in California. The location consists of a very large area of sand dunes, the south side of which borders on a nature reserve. In the work this close proximity of two contrasting sites acts as a metaphor for two very different interpretations of freedom. These contradictions are materialised by juxtaposing visual languages. The work seeks to redefine ways in which video and photography can be combined in contemporary art. Central to this is the way that time is represented, and an exploration of the boundaries documentary and fictional filmic languages. Off Road has been exhibited in a one-person show at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London in January 2014 and reviewed on viral net, a curatorial project of Tom Leeser (Cal Arts), screened at the California International Arts Foundation and exhibited in Brussels and acquired for the permanent collection at LACMA.
The American book project: This project brings together 10 years of previously unpublished photographs, drawing on a collection of approximately 10000 medium and large format negatives to edit them down to a large-scale, limited-edition book project of 184 photographs. Instead of focusing on a coherent narrative, topicality or subject matter it specifically seeks to disrupt narrative, coherent representation or meaning to focus on the medium of photography as such. It is a reflection on the changing nature of how we receive and disseminate photographic images.
2015 Playing the Cave, Tullie House, Carslisle
South By Southwest, Abbot Hall, Kendal
Cinema IV, Wordsworth Trust, Grassmere
Waiting for Los Angeles, Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
2014 Off Road, Danielle Arnaud, London
2008 Bunker Series, Photofusion, London
2007 Flares, Roads and Paradise, Aenaon Gallery, Athens, Greece
2005 Dark Light, Glassell project Space, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas
2004 Uta Kogelsberger, Queens Hall, Hexham
2003 Gegenlicht, Art Lab, London
2003 Retreat, CGP, London
2002 Moon Struck, Berwick Gymnasium, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
2000 Out so late Miss, Art-tank, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
2000 Samsa Nella Citta, Galleria Interio, Bologna, Italy.
1999 More and Less, Art Tank, Belfast
1997 Twelve months, Sculpture House, Kingston Upon Thames
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2015 A Foreign Encounter, Munich, Germany
Slash Seconds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London
2011 Elusive, Camberwell Space, London
2011 Trajector Art Fair, group show with Ersatz Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2010 Reading Landscape, Architectural Association, London
2010 European Sovereign Art Prize, Barbican, London
2010 Appropriate Modernism, Hotel Bloom, Brussels
2010 Architectural Fictions, Bracknell Park
2010 SPD Prize, Cipriani’s, NYC
2009 Three by Three, Yinka Shonibare Gallery, London, England
2009 Inkubator 2, Durham Military Museum, England
2007 A Private Paradise, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London
2007 Yee Haw!, Vegas Gallery, London
2007 Celebrations, Stanley Picker Gallery, London
2006 festival-off, les Rencontres, Arles, France
2006 Visual Arts Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
2004 Arts Futures, Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK
2003 Oases, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC, USA
2003 A Taste of Honey, Buckfastleigh Festival, Devon
2003 The Connecting Principle, Newcastle University, Newcastle
2000 Seventy over Two Thousand, travelling group exhibition, Stanley Picker Gallery, Edinburgh City Arts Centre, The National Arts Centre of Malta, John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago
1999 Gratuitous, Metro Cinema, London
1998 In the Sticks, Edinburgh Festival, Richard Demarco Foundation, Edinburgh
1997 In residence, In transit, Stanley Picker Gallery, London, UK
1997 Whatever you want it to be, Edinburgh Festival, Demarco Foundation, Edinburgh
1996 Art and Science, Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh
2005 Uta Kogelsberger, 2005, artist monograph with a text by Jean Paul Curnier, published by Photo North, UK, 76pp
2015 American Photographers, 2015 published by American Photography, a publication presenting the work of the top 100 photographers of the USA, 310pp
2012: Topophobia, edited by Eggebert and Gould, 2012, published by Eggebert and Gould, London, pp. 8-14 and pp.116
2010 American Photographers, 2010, published by American Photography, a publication presenting the work of the top 100 photographers of the USA, 310pp
2008 Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships, anthology of previous Berwick Gymnasium Fellows, published by English Heritage, 160pp
2007 14th International Month of Photography Athens, exhibition catalogue, published by Hellenic Center for Photography, 142pp
1997 In residence in Transit, exhibition catalogue, Published by Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University
2014 The Ends of The World, Photo essay about Antipodes, Wired USA and Wired UK
2013 Topophobia, Redeye Magazine, Review by Stephen Clarke
Topophobia, Frieze, Review by Colin Glen
Topophobia, Interface a-n, Review by Anneka french
Topophpobia at the Bluecoat, Double Negative, Review by Linda Pittwood
Topophobia, The Guardian picks
2011 Concrete Ambivalence, by John Beck, Duke University Press
2010 My favorite shot, The Guardian, UK
2010 Urban Myths, TAG Magazine, USA
2010 Mystery Spots, Esquire Magazine, Spain ‘Mystery Spots’ Quo Magazine, Spain, Quo Magazine, Mexico
2009 Mystery Spots Wired Magazine, UK, Wired Magazine, Italy, GQ, South Africa,
2008 Paradise now, Ken Pratt, Wound Magazine
2003 Oases, Time Out, New York
2003 Oases, The New Yorker, New York
2003 Uta Kogelsberger, Art Monthly, October
2003 Uta Kogelsberger, Time out, issue 1724
2003 Lookout, ITV Borders 2000
2003 Belgian With an eye for Northumbria, Scotsman, 23/04/02
2001 Uta Kogelsberger, Tema Celeste, issue 85
2000 Samsa Nella Citta, Bologna, Bologna, November 2000
2000 Things That might Just go Bump in the Night, Ian Hill, Newsletter
1999 Television art Program, BBC Choice
1999 Demarco European Art Foundation, The List, issue 341
1999 Hit-list, The List, Issue 339
1998 A Dazzling Finale, Elizabeth Mahoney, Scottsman
1997 In residence, In transit, catalogue published by Stanley Picker Gallery
1997 Artist in Revolt, Ian Gale, Spectrum
1996 An Artwork that is really that, Cordelia Oliver, Artwork, issue 84
2015 The Ends of the Earth, selected for American Photography
2010 Mystery Spots, selected for American Photography
2010 Mystery Spots, SPD silver Medal for editorial photography
2010 Urban Myths, shortlisted for Sovereign European Art Prize
2005 Uta Kogelsberger, publication shortlisted for artist book of the year award
2001 EAA- Award for Art in Architecture for outstanding achievement with a public art work for my site specific installation ‘time line’; a permanent commission for the New Dancebase Centre in Edinburgh Designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects.
Fellowships and residencies:
2008 CRIR- Residency, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 Artist-Residency, Center for Land Use and Interpretation, Wendover, USA
2003 Full-Fellowship, VSC, Vermont, USA
02-03 Art and Architecture Residency, Kielder, UK
01/02 Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, Berwick Upon Tweed, UK
95/96 Stanley Picker Fellowship, Kingston University, UK
Commissions and Collaborative Projects:
2015 New Expressions, Cumberland Museum Consortium
2009 Mystery-Spots, Wired USA
2004 Hidden States, Backdrop for Opera staged at Baltic Center for Contemporary
1999 Timeline, Public Art Commission for new Dance-base Centre Edinburgh, PACE
Grants and Funding
2014 Waiting for Los Angeles, Artist International development Fund, Arts Council London
2013 Material Matters, Large Bid preparation fund, University of Newcastle,
2012 Off Road, FRF grant, Newcastle University
2008 Dark Light, AHRC, Small Grant to the Creative and Performing Arts
06-07 Dark Light, IFRF grant, Newcastle University
2007 Picturing-Paradise, AHRC, Small Grant to the Creative and Performing Arts
2004 Picturing Paradise, FRF grant, Newcastle University
2003 Night Vision, Arts Council Project Grant
2003 Retreat, AHRC, Small Grant to the Creative and Performing Arts
1999 Out so late Miss, Arts Council of Northern Ireland Project Grant
My educational background was in sculpture. However I have been working with photography and video since 2002. These are also the main areas on inquiry I supervise. I have taught into all years of the BA and the MFA. I supervise PHD students and devise and co-ordinate the Visiting speaker Program.I currently program and devise our public Visiting Speaker series. This is one of the flagship elements of Fine Art as the University of Newcastle, a very active weekly series of talks of artists, writers and curators, as well as other professionals in the field of visual arts and culture. My curatorial approach to this role has provided a series of talks that address a wide range of critical and contextual issues to cover all aspects of contemporary art practices in the expanded field. Since I took on the programme last year I have established links with regional Institutions and held a series of collaborative talks Baltic (Deimantas Narkevičius), the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Arts (Jeffrey Dennis), the exhibition space at the Tyneside Cinema (Phillip Warnell) and the North East Photography Network (Anne Hardy).
Please see for a list of current and upcoming talks:
- Kögelsberger U. Waiting for Los Angeles. 2015. Newcastle uppon Tyne: Ex-Libris Gallery, 1.
- Kogelsberger U. Mystery Spots - Article/photo essay. Wired USA, Wired UK, Wired Italy, GQ South Africa and Esquire Spain: Conde Nast, 2009. .
- Kögelsberger U. Playing the Cave. 2015. Carlisle: Tullie House, 1.
- Kögelsberger U, Blees-Luxemburg R. Filet, a space for experimental art production and research. 2015. London: Filet, 10 projects to date. In Preparation.
- Kögelsberger U. Cinema I. Grasmere, UK: Wordsworth Trust, 2015.
- Kögelsberger U. South by Southwest. 2016. Kendal, UK: Abbot Hall, 12 large scale photographs and a video installation.
- Kögelsberger U. The Ends of the Earth. WIRED UK 2015, 02.15(02.15), 114-119.
- Kogelsberger U. ‘Getting Lost/ Road series’ - Series of large scale photographs for exhibition. An exhibition catalogue published at the occasion of the Athens Photo Biennial (completed) and inclusion in the planned artist monograph comprising work from ‘urban myths’ and ‘picturing-paradise’(not completed). 2013. In Preparation.
- Kogelsberger U. Off Road. A 22 minute video, and slide show screened at the California International Arts Foundation (July 2013) and exhibited Hotel Bloom in Brussels in association with Ersatz Gallery (Sept 2013), Date 2013. Venue. California International Arts Foundation; Hotel Bloom, Brussels. URL: http://viralnet.net/interviews.html URL: http://viralnet.net/projects.html. Brussels, 2012.
- Kogelsberger U. Urban Myths. A series of photographs included in the touring exhibition ‘Topophobia’ and published in American Photographers; TAG magazine. The project was reviewed in Redeye Photography Network, The Double Negative, The Sevenstreets and AN interface and presented at conferences Photography and Theory, North East Photography Network, Topophobia, Central St Martin’s. 2012. London.
- Kogelsberger U. ‘Night-Vision’. A body of photographs exhibited at a range of venues and events, published as the book ‘Uta Kogelsberger’. 2002. Berwick-Upon-Tweed: 6/4/02-19/5/02. London: 3/09/2003 to 28/09/2003. London, 18/09/2003 to 26/10/2003. New York: 08/07/2003 to 22/08/2003. Arles (screening) 4/7/06-8/7/06: ‘Moon Struck’, Berwick Gymnasium. ‘Retreat’, Café Gallery Projects. ‘Gegenlicht’, Art Lab. ‘Oases’, Laurence Miller Gallery. ‘Festival-off’, Les Rencontres, 37.
- Kogelsberger U. Dark Light. 2005. Houston: 06/12/2005. London: 29/06/2007 to 29/07/2007. Athens, Greece: 1/10/07-15/10/07: Glassell Project Space, Museum of Fine Arts. ‘A Private Paradise’, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art. ‘Flares, Roads, and Paradise’, presented as part of the International Festival of Photography, Aenaon Gallery, 10 photographs and slide show of 81 images with a voice over.
- Kogelsberger U. Antipodes, The collapse of Geographical Space. In: Global Resonances, Northern Bridge Autumn Conference. 2016, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
- Kogelsberger U. Negotiating Three Collections. In: The Artist in the Collected World. 2016, Chelsea College of Arts.
- Kogelsberger Uta. Uncertain Subjects. 2017. London: Art Lab, 4Cose, 24. In Preparation.
- Kogelsberger U. Orchestra of Rocks: Not A Rock Concert. 2017. St Olave's Church on Hart Street: Art Night in Collaboration with Whitechapel Art Gallery, n.a.