David Oates was born in Manchester, England in 1971. After obtaining his PhD, he began working as a photographer, curator and writer in 2002.
In 2007 David established the curatorial group Kiosk, whose aim was to both showcase the work of emerging photographic artists and to extend the audience for their work by exhibiting in spaces outside the bounds of the traditional gallery system.
Since 2009 David has made an ongoing series of works in collaboration with Mishka Henner, under the collective name BlackLab, creating works in which images interact with sound, music and texts through the creation of short films and montages.
2010, BlackLab produced the montage film, ‘Trawling the Visual Wreckage’ later exhibited at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and at the 2012 Dallas Biennial.
February 2011, commissioned to produce a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight. The resulting work, Cosmodrome debuted at Sale Waterside Arts Centre and subsequently screened at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
October 2011, BlackLab curated After Hours at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, showcasing their own and others work.
May 2012, commissioned to work in China as part of ‘World Photographers Focussing on Beijing’, work from this project was exhibited at the Barbican, London.
June 2012, commissioned by Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival to produce a new film on the subject of ‘Images in Motion’, the subsequent film ‘Photographers’ premièred at the festival in September 2012 and received 32,000 views online following positive reviews by Gizmodo, Wired magazine and Phaidon.