Professor of theory and writing
Writer and curator
Lives and works in Oslo and London
(b. 1977)

EDUCATION:
Mike studied English Literature (BA, Sussex) and Aesthetics & Art Theory (MA, Middlesex), and in 2006-07 he was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.

MAIN ACADEMIC INTERESTS AND RESEARCH AREAS:
His main field of interest is writing and publishing by visual artists, and in particular those textual practices which have undermined the distinction between artwork and critical commentary. He has also researched and written extensively around artists’ engagements with film and video, from the earliest cinema avant-gardes to the present. His work is concerned with questions of value and economies of distribution, the political possibilities of irony, and the limits of self-reflexivity.

RECENT WORK AND PROJECTS:
As a writer he has contributed to a variety of publications including Afterall, Art Monthly, Dot Dot Dot, Frieze, Radical Philosophy and Texte zur Kunst, as well as catalogue texts for artists including Keith Arnatt, Ursula Mayer, Laure Prouvost and Hong-Kai Wang. He has also worked extensively as an editor, with projects including books on early conceptual art (Afterthought, 2005) and artists’ cinema (Kinomuseum, 2008); issues of Will Holder’s eclectic journal of writing and art FR David; and, together with the artist Christian Flamm, a critically-acclaimed fanzine (Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango, 2010) about the 1980s British band Felt.

OTHER RELEVANT PROJECTS:
In 2002 he co-founded LUX which drew on the legacy of the London Filmmakers’ Co-operative and other artist-run organisations. During more than a decade as assistant director he developed the distribution of LUX’s film and video collection. As well as many screenings and exhibitions for LUX, he has curated other projects independently including the group show «Let’s Take Back Our Space» (Focal Point Gallery, Southend, 2009) and German artist Marianne Wex’s exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2012).


Telephone: +47 945 23 397
Email: mike.sperlinger@khio.no

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