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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

  • Continuously Variable: some analogies for the analogue (2021).
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  • Open Forum: An evening in the dark with Diego Marcon (2021).
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  • Panel discussion and book launch: Laurent Montaron (2021).
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  • New Mineral Collective: Filmvisning og samtale med Emilija Škarnulytė og Tanya Busse (2021).
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  • Distributed Futures: Alternative Circuits for Alternative Films? (2021).
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  • Screening analogue in an digital age: A conversation with Ieva Baloda, Lāsma Bērtule and Mark Toscano (2021).
    Interview. More
  • Analogue Fidelity: A conversation with Paul Kuimet and Malena Szlam (2021).
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  • Mike Sperlinger in conversation with artist, curator and teacher Carles Guerra, about his idea of 'evacuating' contemporary art, the changing nature of documentary, the archaeology of the year 1979, and the need for photography to go on strike (2021).
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  • Mike Sperlinger in conversation with curator and writer Nida Ghouse about acoustic archaeology, the work of sound recordist Umashankar Manthravadi, her recent exhibition at HKW A Slightly Curving Place, and the parallel histories of radio and cinema (2021).
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  • Mike Sperlinger in conversation with Karl Schlögel, historian and author (2021).
    Interview. More