>> THE CHAOLOGIST
Video animation for Planetaria, Capetown and UK, applying to Headlands Residency, San Francisco to develop in 2015.
>> GIR GHOST RIVER
Video collaboration with Ranu Mukherjee (0D) and Kode 9.
>> SHADOW OPERATORS
Hyperstition video for the LCCT 'Sounding the Counterfactual' event, Goldsmiths, London.
>> ANOTHER DIMENSION
Solo exhibition of collages at the Casamento Showroom, Capetown.
>> YOU ITS EYES 94-13
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 over a decade 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. Since moving to Capetown in 2002, Mer has continued to produce experimental video, collage and paintings that explore speculative futures and science fictional transformation. In recent 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 finishing a series of works on paper for exhibition next year.
These are ectoplasmic and fantastical explorations into mutation and futurism. Mer is mapping contemporary global concerns with survival, insecurity and the unknown. In response to living close to a huge turbulent ocean, many states of fluid abstraction now permeate the work. She is dedicated to evolutionary fever dreams and radical hybridization and is hoping for distributed consciousness sometime soon.