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David Cook MFA, BSc

Senior Lecturer

School of Art

Lake of Coal: The Disappearance of a Mining Township (book published by Craig Potton Publishing/Ramp Press, 2006)
Lake of Coal is a sole-authored book that traces the social and environmental impact of energy developments on Rotowaro, the largest opencast mining operation in New Zealand’s north island. The publication brings together 20 years of research, weaving a multi-vocal text of photographs, artefacts, drawings and oral histories that account for the forced displacement of 400 resident-workers from their homes. Lake of Coal was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

River/Road: Journeys Through Ecology (published by Rim Books, 2011)
River/Road is a book that takes an intimate look at factors shaping the ecology of a 20 km stretch of river and road. David Cook’s photographic narrative is accompanied by Wiremu Puke’s text, setting up a bi-cultural dialogue that emphasises the active venture of ‘reading’ the landscape. The third author, graphic designer Jonty Valentine, navigates the reader through a multi-layered account of space and time. The project also resulted in an exhibition and online interactive output. 

Freeville (exhibition commissioned by TEZA, Christchurch, 2013)
David Cook and Tim J. Veling facilitated a participatory media project in which 60 pupils from Freeville School in Christchurch were asked, “How do you see the future of your community?” In light of recent earthquake impacts and impending school closure pupils responded using photography, montage and words. Their stories, combined with David and Tim’s photographs, came together as a billboard-sized public artwork in The Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa (TEZA) in Christchurch. The Freeville project is also archived in the University of Canterbury’s Place in Time: The Christchurch Documentary Project.

Survey Hamilton (exhibition at Waikato Museum, 2014)
In David 2011 established the Survey Hamilton media collective, a group charged with the task of exploring factors shaping the growing city. The most recent output from the project was the Survey Hamilton exhibition at the Waikato Museum (2014). The show featured screen-based interactive digital media, sound installations, screen-based photographs and still photographs. David's work dealt with contemporary shopping malls, urban reforestation and night life.  

Meet Me in the Square (book and exhibition, 2014-2015)

After a violent earthquake struck Christchurch city in 2011, David Cook returned to his hometown and found the central city in ruins.  Determined to rebuild his version of the city, he unearthed his extensive archive of photographs and diaries from the 1980s.  Meet Me in the Square (published by Christchurch Art Gallery) is a radical revision of this archive, designed in the style of Japanese Provoke publications, immersing the reader in the inhabited environment. In 2015 the Christchurch Art Gallery also stage an exhibition of the project.

 

David Cook is a photographer and lecturer based at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.  David's practice-based research deals with themes of contested space, community and ecology.  Projects havecollaborative and participatory 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: T26h
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Arts - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1999)
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Canterbury (1981)

Prizes and Awards

  • MAPDA - joint winner of Exhibition Catalogue Award (Major) for Meet Me in the Square: Christchurch 1983-1987, published by Christchurch Art Gallery, 2014. Design Director:Jonty Valentine, Author: David Cook. - MAPDA - Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (2017)
  • Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards 2015 - Bronze Award in the Editorial and Books section for Meet Me in the Square: Christchurch 1983-1987, published by Christchurch Art Gallery, 2014. Design Director:Jonty Valentine, Contributor: David Cook, Client: Christchurch Art Gallery. - Designers Institute of New Zealand (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Documentary photography, ethnography, collaborative and participatory media, contested space, photobook, Christchurch earthquakes.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Lens-based Practice (190503): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Arts and Crafts (190500)

Keywords

Documentary photography, ethnography, collaborative and participatory media, contested space, photobook, Christchurch earthquakes.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Cook, DB. (2012). River Road. Time Machine Magazine. 5 Retrieved from http://timemachinemag.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, D.

Creative Work

Cook, DB. (2017) River swimming I & River swimming II. [Exhibition] [two photographic prints, 800 x 1000mm]. Exhibited in the group exhibition, Where the River Bends, curated by Harry Culy. SOFA Gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
[Artwork]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2015) New Urban Forests. [Exhibition] [artist's book, 52 pages, 420 x 297mm] In the touring group exhibition, Open Book. The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand. 05 December 2015 - 30 January 2016
[Artwork]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB., & Faleseuga, L. (2015, November 21). Young Visionaries. [installation comprising 55 prints at 820 x 1000mm each, and one video projection at 2400 x 3500mm] Porirua City, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2015, January 31). Meet Me in the Square. (No. of Pieces: 60) [Photographic prints]. Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2014, August 23). Reclamation: The Base, Reclamation: The Forest, Night Riders.. [eight framed inkjet prints 720 x 480mm, and one wall-mounted video monitor with a sequence of 56 photographs]. Exhibited in the group exhibition, Survey Hamilton. Waikato Museum: Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Cook, D.Contributed to by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2014) Meet Me in the Square: Christchurch 1983-1987. [Exhibition] Artwork comprising a book [published by Christchurch Art Gallery, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-877375-37-8. 180 pages, 275 x 210mm, edition of 1500], a solo exhibition [Christchurch Art Gallery, 2015. 77 photographic prints, various dimensions] and public billboards [5 prints at 2.2 x 3.8m]
[Artwork]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB., & Veling, TJ. (2014, June 4). Freeville. (No. of Pieces: 2) [Photographic inkjet prints]. Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, NZ.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2013, February 23). The Base: Pasture, The Base: Cinema, The Base: Wilderness and The Base: Door. [four photographic inkjet prints, 720 x 480mm]. Exhibited in the group exhibition, Public Good, curated by Kim Paton, at Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Cook, D.Contributed to by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2013) Arbor Day at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton I and Arbor Day at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton II. [Exhibition] [two photographic prints at 720 x 480mm each]. In the group exhibition, The Care Factor, curated by Stephanie Chalmers. Calder and Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
[Artwork]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB., & Veling, TJ. (2013, November 25). The Freeville Project. Artwork comprising a public art installation in the New Brighton Mall, Christchurch, New Zealand [Polyvinyl prints attached to concrete wall - two montages of 3.3m x 9m each].
[Exhibition]Authored by: Cook, D.

Conference

Cook, DB. (2017, October). Aotearoa Photovoice. Presented at Art & Revolution Symposium. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2015, October). Documentary storytelling. Presented at Image Nation Photography Conference 2015. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB.(2014, November). Survey Hamilton: The shape of the city. . Retreived from http://www.ndf.org.nz/past-conferences/category/2014
[Conference]Authored by: Cook, D.
Cook, DB. (2012, May). Parallel Arteries: A case study in photo-book strategies. Presented at Making Visible: Narratives of Place and Belonging. Massey University Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, D.

Other

Cook, DB. (2015). Reflection on a Joseph Zachariah photograph in the exhibition: New Zealand Photography Collected. Off the Wall #10. : Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand
[Internet publication]Authored by: Cook, D.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • February 2014 to present - Massey University
    Lecturer

Languages

  • English
    Last used: today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Teaching on the undergraduate BDes(Hons) programme.

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links

Media

  • 14 Dec 2014 - Radio
    Radio New Zealand National - interview
    David Cook interviewed by Lynn Freeman for the 'Standing Room Only' arts programme aired on Radio New Zealand National. Discussed Meet Me in the Square publication and exhibition. 7 minutes 49 seconds
  • 05 Feb 2015 - Radio
    Newstalk ZB interview
    Photographer David Cook talks to Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch about his exhibition Meet me in the Square at the Christchurch Art Gallery in Tuam St till the 24th May 2015

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