Mike Cooter engages with New Walk Museum’s collection, taking inspiration from the work of Polish artist and theatre maker, Tadeusz Kantor.
Tadeusz Kantor's work was concerned with the role and status of the object. The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe will draw on Kantor’s Anti-Exhibition (1963) and Leicester-born 19th-century naturalist Henry Walter Bates’ research into a form of mimicry that would take his name.
Making new work and incorporating objects from fine art, natural history, industrial design, decorative arts and material cultures (many of which are not normally on show), the exhibition explores how the objects in the collection both perform and reproduce themselves through their own agency and in symbiotic relationship with organisations that host them.
The exhibition is part of a wider programme, entitled The Object is Alive, that has invited artists to develop new exhibitions in response to the work of Kantor and their own interest in the agency of the object.