Sophie Michael

Sophie Michael’s films are like a visual hide-and-seek. Her work brings together sculpture and film in such a way that ordinary objects are transformed for us by the minutely directed specificity of her looking. The reels unfold kaleidoscopically before the eye, looping through analogue sequences of manipulated light and glimpsed environments that are both confused and familiar yet all shot through with an acute awareness of the nostalgia we attach to both formats and objects.’
– Eva Rothschild,  Frieze, Issue 141 September 2011; 20th Anniversary Issue.

 

Sophie Michael (b. 1985) lives and works in London. Michael studied at Slade School of Fine Art and graduated from Royal Academy Schools, London in 2012.

Recent exhibitions include a solo at Tate Britain, Trip (the Light Fantastic) and the 41st Toronto Film Festival, Canada.

 

Sophie Michael CV

 

Seventeen Exhibitions

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Sophie Michael, Art Now: Trip (the light fantastic), Installation view at Tate Britain, 2016
Image credit: Photography © Tate, 2016

Sophie Michael, Art Now: Trip (the light fantastic), Installation view at Tate Britain, 2016
Image credit: Photography © Tate, 2016

1. The Watershow Extravaganza, Sophie Michael

Sophie Michael, The Watershow Extravaganza, 2016
Single screen 16mm with optical sound, 10’30 (film still)

 


Sophie Michael, Art Now: Trip (the light fantastic), Installation view at Tate Britain, 2016
Image credit: Photography © Tate, 2016


Sophie Michael, Art Now: Trip (the light fantastic), Installation detail at Tate Britain, 2016
Image credit: Photography © Tate, 2016


Sophie Michael, Art Now: Trip (the light fantastic), Installation view at Tate Britain, 2016
Image credit: Photography © Tate, 2016

4. The Watershow Extravaganza, Sophie Michael

Sophie Michael, The Watershow Extravaganza, 2016
Single screen 16mm with optical sound, 10’30 (film still)

2. The Watershow Extravaganza, Sophie Michael
Sophie Michael, The Watershow Extravaganza, 2016
Single screen 16mm with optical sound, 10’30 (film still)

 

Sophie Michael, Daphne (Purple Red), 2014
Single screen 16mm film with digital sound, 5’ (extract)

3. Daphne (Purple Red), 2014 copySophie Michael, Daphne (Purple Red), 2014 (film still)
5. Daphne (Purple Red), 2014 LR

Sophie Michael, Daphne (Purple Red), 2014 (film still)

1. Daphne (Purple Red), 2014 LR

Sophie Michael, Daphne (Purple Red), 2014 (film still)

1. Astrid Doubles, 2014

Sophie Michael, Astrid Doubles, 2014
Single screen 16mm film with optical sound, 3’ (film still)
Final film in Astrid series, 2010-2014

3 Astrid Doubles, 2014

Sophie Michael, Astrid Doubles, 2014
Single screen 16mm film with optical sound, 3’ (film still)
Final film in Astrid series, 2010-2014

 

Sophie Michael, Attica, 2013
Single screen 16mm film with digital sound, 13’30 (extract)

Sophie Michael, Attica, 2013 (film still)

Sophie Michael, Attica, 2013 (film still)

MICHAEL Attica Install main

Sophie Michael, Attica, 2013, Installation view at Seventeen, 2013

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Sophie Michael, Attica, 2013, Installation view at Seventeen, 2013 

 

Sophie Michael, Chapters One to Five, 2012
Single screen 16mm film with optical sound, 15’30 (extract)
Third film in Astrid series, 2010-2014

1. Chapters One to Five, Audio production still, 2012

Sophie Michael, Chapters One to Five audio production still, 2012

Sophie Michael, Chapters One to Five, 2012 (film scans)

 

1. Chapters One to Five, 16mm film scan LR

Sophie Michael, Chapters One to Five, 2012 (film scans)

Sophie Michael, Chapters One to Five, 2012
Installation view (as looped 30 minute version) at Royal Academy Schools, 2012 

 

Sophie Michael, Untitled (Christmas), 2011
Single screen Super8 film / Super8 transferred to 16mm film, 2011, silent, 2’30 (extract)
Second film in Astrid series, 2010-2014

1. Untitled (Christmas), 2011 LR

Sophie Michael, Untitled (Christmas), 2011 (film still)

2. Untitled (Christmas), 2011, Installation view at Gallery Vela, 2012 LR

Sophie Michael, Untitled (Christmas), 2011, Installation view at Gallery Vela, 2012

 

Sophie Michael, Astrid Colours, 2010
Single screen 16mm film, 3’30 (extract)
First film in Astrid series, 2010-2014

Sophie Michael, Astrid Colours, 2010 (film still)

Sophie Michael, Astrid Colours, 2010 (film still)

'Switch', curated by Phyllida Barlow, Baltic 39 Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 5/4 2012. Photo ©:Mark Pinder +44 (0)7768 211174 mark@markpinderphotography.co.uk

Sophie Michael, Blue Wall/ Pink Wall,  2011
Gliclée print of medium format negative
196 x 74 cm

 

Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010
Single screen 16mm, silent, 8’ (extract)

2. '99 Clerkenwell Road' film still

Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010 (film still)

Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010 (film still)


Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010 (film still)