Margaret Seymour is interested in the social and cultural characteristics of the digital realm and how these technologies transform our experience of lived time and space. She often uses digital media, but her artworks aren't 'screen-based'. Instead she draws on her background in Sculpture to create objects and installations that mirror some of the uncanny temporal and spatial displacements we experience living in an electronically connected world.
Her work Remote Sensing (2014) for example, highlights the experience of being in two different modes or realms at the same time: electronic and physical space. Viewers can move a specially designed ‘trolley’ consisting of a horizontal screen on wheels around the gallery to reveal contiguous parts of a virtual image mapped directly beneath it. Only a small section of the larger image is visible at any one time. In order to get a sense of the whole, the viewer remembers the parts they’ve already seen and anticipates others. The work slows down the act of viewing and makes multiple layers of experience more palpable: the present, the remembered, the anticipated, the actual and the virtual.
Writers like Paul Virilio argue that electronic space is replacing or annihilating 'real' space, but Margaret focuses on creating instances where the electronic and the 'real' overlap and infiltrate each other.
Margaret Seymour won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize in 2011. Her works have been included in Have Your Say (Articulate Project Space, 2015), The Sceptical Image (SCA Galleries, University of Sydney, 2014), La Lune: Energy Producing Art (Long Reef Headland, Sydney, 2014), Electroscape: The Here and Now of Digital Art (107 Projects, Redfern, 2014) and she presented solo exhibitions Tracker (Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt) and Shiver and Disappear (Artereal Gallery Project Space, Rozelle) in 2013 and 2012 respectively.
She has over 15 years of experience teaching undergraduate degree courses and supervising higher degree research candidates. Margaret regularly participates in international conferences and her peer-reviewed conference papers are published and available online. She lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
SELECTED GRANTS, PRIZES, RESIDENCIES:
2015 - BAiR residency at The Banff Centre, Canada
2012 - Australia Council New Work grant
2011 - Winner of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
2005 - Australia Council New Media Arts Board International Residency: Banff, Canada