Artist Talk: Maggot

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  • UTS Gallery

    Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6)
    702 Harris St, Ultimo,
    University of Technology, Sydney

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  • Free admission, RSVP Essential

Join us at UTS Gallery for an artist talk with Sidney McMahon on the occasion of their solo exhibition, Maggot. The talk will be moderated by Frances Barrett. 

Maggot uses brain sensing wearable technology to read the users visual cortex and translate neural activity into real-time digital commands. Presented as a narrated ‘choose your own adventure’ three channel video, Maggot examines the act of looking, being looked at and being seen, and the relationship between our visual reality and our cognitive understanding.

Maggot is developed with support from UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Dr YK Wang and the UTS Tech Lab as part of the 2021 UTS Artist in Residence Program.


The exhibition continues to 10 June.

Sidney McMahon is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculptural installation, video and performance, with an interest in architecture, the body, memory and feeling. McMahon’s work brings together distinct cultural contexts, as well as social and economic systems to explore a personal queer narrative. McMahon is the 2021 – 2022 UTS Artist in Residence, they have shown nationally and internationally in solo, group and curatorial projects in various galleries including, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (VIC), MOP Projects (NSW), Clearview Ltd (LDN), Open Source Gallery (NY), Auto Italia (LDN), Metro Arts (QLD), and Verge Gallery (NSW).

Frances Barrett is an artist who lives and works on Kaurna land, in Tarntanya/Adelaide. Her recent projects pivot around the modalities of listening and touch, taking the form of immersive sound installation, live performances and performances with Museum collections. Her project Meatus is currently showing at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Narrm Melbourne until 19 June.