EVOLUTION AS THE UNCONTAINABILITY OF CHANGE WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE DESTABILIZATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CONCRETE AND THE IMAGINED.
MATTER AND IMAGINATION IMPINGING ON BODIES, OTHER WORLDS, INDUCING EFFECTS, SPINNING FORCES.
Maggie Roberts aka Mer. Her art is science fictional and immersive. It complicates the distinctions between material and immaterial phenomena and dimensions, both in content and media. The work uses digital formats - video, animation and photoshop - fused with watercolour, photographic collage, oil paint and sheen mediums. It coalesces out of an often intricate remixing process, onto paper, canvas and video screen.
Mer co-created the collaborative artist and hive mind 0rphan Drift in London in 1994. She has participated internationally in two decades of exhibitions, screenings and performance as part of 0D, exhibiting extensively in the UK, Europe, Canada and the States, including at the Cabinet Gallery and Tate Modern; writing the Scifi-theory text 'Cyberpositive'; and featuring in DJ Spooky's 'Sound Unbound' in the 'Renegade Academics' chapter. More recent exhibitions include I Am Ten and Feeling Safer, IMT Gallery, London and Matter Fictions, Berardo Museum, Lisbon. She is a Research Fellow with the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths College and her recent talk there, "Everting The Virtual' is available on Youtube. She is currently focused on a major new 0rphan Drift collaboration with Ranu Mukherjee, 'Unruly City'. The first iteration was at Dold Projects, Germany:
https://vimeo.com/189822734 & https://vimeo.com/189850293
She (currently lives and works between London and Capetown) makes videos with immersive soundscapes that combine collage layers from concurrent works on paper, recombinant objects and digitally generated imagery with filmed footage. The work has a complex, liminal and baroque aesthetic that proposes a tactile and fluid materiality. This reflects her continuing interest in manifesting invisible currents and currencies affecting the visible: cosmic and geological time scales; ‘Machine Vision’; shamanic animal becomings; evolving communication currents in vibrant matter, themselves become effective frequencies in our habitats and fantasies; futurity impacting on the present and its Hyperobjects, and Climate Change as the violence of excess and luxury. Mer is dedicated to evolutionary fever dreams and radical hybridization and is hoping for distributed consciousness sometime soon.