I’m interested, broadly, in the role of technology in human life. This could mean a lot of things, and only some of them I write about. I have a strong interest in the face – this thing on the front of you – and have written about it in new media art (such as in 0100101110101101.org’s Portraits series), cosmetics culture, and film. I’m also exploring my own practice as a live-media artist, and have begun writing and theorising what it means to work in this area, which brings together so many artistic traditions under the ever-mutating constellation of bizarre technologies that populate the lives of a/v artists. And, during Australia’s Howard years, I was compelled to write about the absurdities of truth and falsehood, of responsibility and the archive, under such a regime.
Many of my writings are available in online journals, and many of them are available in post-print format from my SCU researcher site. Here’s a brief selection:
“Outback and Beyond: Artist’s Statement.” JMP Screenworks, volume 3 (2012). http://jmpscreenworks.com/?pid=cooke.
“Kellerman: EXPANDED. A Live Audio-Visual Performance in the Whitsundays.” Shima Journal, vol. 6, number 1, (2012). http://www.shimajournal.org/issues/v6n1/n. Cooke Shima v6n1 147-155.pdf.
“Liveness and the Machine: Improvisation in Live Audio-Visual Performance.” Screen Sound Journal, number 2 (2011). http://www.screensoundjournal.org/latest-issue/
“Appearing to Act Younger: The Face of Avon.” Transformations. Issue 18 (2010). http://www.transformationsjournal.org.
“The Cosmeceutical Face: Time-Fighting Technologies and the Archive.” Transformations. Issue 17 (2009). http://www.transformationsjournal.org.
“We Had Faces Then: Sunset Boulevard and the Spectral.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 26.2 (2009): 89-101. http://works.bepress.com/grayson_cooke/17/
“Effacing the Face: Botox and the Anarchivic Archive.” Body and Society, 14(2), (2008). http://works.bepress.com/grayson_cooke/16/
“Aporia Australis: Lies and Responsibility.” Double Dialogues, Issue 8, Summer (2007). http://www.doubledialogues.com/issue_eight/cooke.html
“Let’s We Forget: Responsibility and the Archive Under Howard.” Proceedings of the UnAustralia Conference, Canberra, Dec. 6-8 2006. http://www.unaustralia.com/proceedings.php.
“A Spam Scam Slam.” M/C, Journal of Media and Culture. ‘Fibre’ issue (2003). http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0308/08-spamscam.php.