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Mike Sperlinger

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

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.

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.

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).

Research results

  • Michael Sperlinger, Morten Kvamme, Ingrid Halland & Jan Christensen: Panel discussion for seminar on Nasjonale Turistveger (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger & Marte Aas: Artists talk with Marte Aas (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger: On Trinh T. Minh-ha's 'Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared' (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger: ‘I am not an archive’: Ian White and liveness (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger & Sille Storihle: Jack presenterer #4: Gruppekritikken & samtale (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme: Artist Talk with Basel Abbas / Ruanne Abou-Rahme (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger, Ed Atkins, Lene Berg, Kevin B. Lee, Maryam Tafakory & James Kienitz Wilkins: Motforestillinger (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger: O Superman (2023).
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  • Martin White & Michael Sperlinger: Big Science #4 (2023).
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  • Michael Sperlinger: Analogies and Anthologies: A Lexicon for Marte Aas (2023).
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