Gravity Lectures: Wendy McMurdo

Gravity Lectures: Wendy McMurdo
Guest: Wendy McMurdo Chair: Becky Shaw
14 FEB 4 - 6PM
Sheffield Hallam University

Wendy McMurdo’s work centres around the relationship between technology and identity, with a particular interest in the ways in which new technologies impact on the imaginative life of the child. Currently, McMurdo is examining the ways that developments in robotics in particular are beginning to impact on the collective identity. Her images exist somewhere between fact and fiction and uses digital techniques to manipulate the image, deliberately removing or emphasising certain elements to undermine the apparent objectivity of the photographic image and to highlight the subject.

Her work has been the subject of documentaries for BBC2 and Channel4 and is included in The British Library Sound Archive’s Oral history of British Photography. A number of her major projects have been documented in a recent publication. She has been included in numerous group shows, including Unheimlich, curated by Urs Stahel at theFotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, Scanner, curated by Lawrence Rinder at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body, The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe Ways of Playing, curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

Lecture Free
Venue: Pennine Lecture Theatre

Each year GRAVITY invites guests to discuss themes such as Beauty (2010), Colour (2011-12) and Atmosphere (running currently) in order to unpick and re-evaluate words still used by artists but rejected by contemporary theorists for both mystifying the creative process and foregrounding the artist. Guests begin their lecture by discussing an object that has creative, intellectual or emotional significance for them. Each object is added to our Object Inventory, becoming the catalyst for a strand of research that extends the Duchampian paradigm.


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