Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(London, UK)Laura Cooper

A HUNT

In New York the district SoHo is an acronym, however, in London, England, the name Soho originates from the old English hunting term ‘to see a hare‘. This hunting call is from Anglo-French dialect and references the prior use of this space as a hunting ground.

In its first incarnation ‘A Hunt’ was a performance intervening in the streets of Soho, London. It was a game and ritual occurrence offered to the urban space where a group of women AKA ‘Sohobitchpack’ participated together using these strange lost hunting calls to communicate.

For a new project in New York City this notion of a hunt will linger and question whether pedestrians can be the hunters, or the hunted in NYC SoHo’s gridded streets.

Biography

Laura Cooper’s art practice embraces performance, video, sound, drawing and installation. She has recently completed her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art UCL London. She was resident artist in Shrewsbury International School in partnership with the British Arts Council Thailand 2008-2009. In 2010 she completed SAP International residency program in Seoul South Korea. Recent Performances and exhibitions include Upstanding for Camden Arts Center and A Hunt at Bluecoat Arts Center Liverpool.