Mark Leckey (b.1964) was born in Birkenhead, England, and currently lives and works in London. He studied at Newcastle Polytechnic, Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London, and served as professor of film studies at the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main from 2005 to 2009. He exhibited in the 1990 at the New Contemporaries exhibition at the ICA. In 2004, he participated in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2006 he participated in the Tate Triennial and his works are held in the collections of the Tate and the Centre Pompidou among other institutions and prestigious private collections. In 2008 he won the Turner Prize.
Mark Leckey masters the practise of a variety of media including film, sculpture, sound and performance, to trace and manipulate the process of imagination. He works closely with the theme of tracking how culture and technology shape our insides, and how imagination is constructed with the aid of technology. Leckey questions the origins and limits of the imagination and tries to connect the ancient with the modern to see how both hands are approaching the world.
The artist's fascination with the affective power of images is another recurring theme. Meticulously sourced and reconfigured archival footage is a predominant feature of some of his best-known works. Leckey’s enthusiastic and tireless drive aids his obsessive exploration of our culture’s mix-up and the experience of our own fascination with and enthrallment to them. His exploration has become increasingly ambitious, as it has incorporated video, object, installation, and ‘performance lectures’. Mark Leckey's video work has as its subject the romantic elegance of certain aspects of British culture. His most notable video works are Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) and Industrial Lights and Magic (2008), for which he won the 2008 Turner Prize.
Lecky draws from a wide range of skills to practice his method. His videos advance the notion that we can be in constant communication with every aspect of our environment, that everything feels alive. Often full of vibrant movement and guile, his videos create a sense of urgency towards understanding messages and ideologies from the past. His show at the Serpentine Galley in 2011 assembled a conglomerate of sculpture in a sparse way, and used sound as an object to create a dialogue between the objects. These experiences clearly highlight that Leckey's universe is mediated on multiple levels.