Sidney McMahon

  • UTS Gallery

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

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Sidney McMahon is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculptural installation, video and performance, with an interest in 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.


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.


Image: Sidney McMahon, Of sorrow and release 2020, installation view, Overlapping Magisteria: The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Commissioned by ACCA and The Macfarlane Fund. Photograph: Andrew Curtis.