Applying for Res Gallery show to develop in London, 2017.
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. Mer works between London and Capetown and continues to produce experimental video, collage and paintings that explore speculative futures and science fictional transformation. In collaboration with Ranu Mukherjee, she has shown 'A Wilderness of Elsewheres' video installation in Santiago, Chile, and Apocalyptic Postcards in Shadowshop, San Francisco MOMA. She co authored the article 'Protocols for Experiments in African Science Fiction' with Delphi Carstens. She is currently focused on a major new 0rphan Drift video collaboration with Ranu Mukherjee, 'Unruly City', and is developing a new collage series in conjunction with this.
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.
The collages are ectoplasmic and fantastical explorations into mutation and futurism. Mer is mapping contemporary global concerns with survival, insecurity and the unknown. She is dedicated to evolutionary fever dreams and radical hybridization and is hoping for distributed consciousness sometime soon.