Invisible College Stroud: A Talk With Maggie (Mer) Roberts

SVA, Goods Shed, Station approach, Stroud, GL5 3AP

Friday 28 June 2019
Admission Fee: £5

Invisible College Stroud Presents : The Art, Ecology and Science Fiction Talks, with Maggie (Mer) Roberts

Introduced by Dr John Cussans.

Maggie Roberts (aka Mer) is a British artist whose lives and works between London and Capetown. She is a founder member of the cyber-arts collective 0rphan Drift that worked with CCRU (Cybernetic Cultural Research Unit) in the late 90’s and early ‘00’s. Her work employs collage techniques across audio-visual, digital, sculptural and painterly mediums as a way of manifesting virtual frequencies that affect visible reality.  These frequencies - such as expanding cosmic, geological, biotechnical and cultural time scales; animal becomings; climate crisis as the violence of excess and luxury; ‘machine vision’ and communication currents in matter - she sees as catalysts for change. 

Recent exhibitions include Matter Fictions at the Berardo Museum, Lisbon (2016); Glimmer Breach, IMT Gallery, London; Miasma, Chrominance at Res., London and Feminisms, Gender and Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary in 2018. Her current show Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin at Aspex gallery (Portsmouth) comprises multimedia artworks, including a Youtube ASMR inspired audio fiction, an ambient soundscape, HD videos and a wandering sculpture/ installation made of crystals, detritus, ocean flotsam, photographic collage, laser cut stencils and fabrics. 

Maggie will be talking about her two current shows Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin and ‘If AI were Cephalopod’ at Telematic Gallery in San Francisco.

£5 on the door.

Maggie will also be available to give studio visits while she is in Stroud between 11.00 - 16.00 on Saturday 29th June. We ask a small donation of £15 for a 45 minute visit. If you would to meet with Maggie to discuss your work/portfolio, or ask for more information, please contact John Cussans on [email protected].

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