Lateral Geographies

Lateral Geographies is delighted to announce its fourth artist in residence: Eve Marguerite.

Over the course of the residency, Eve will present What If We Gave Them Back. The project builds on ideas concerning the function and use of public cultural and art spaces in present day society.

Via digital narrative, the artist explores alternative, experimental uses of space within museums and galleries – fostering dialogue about the role of cultural institutions and how, in future, they may evolve. The work invites reflection on issues of urgency within and beyond the arts sector – identity, equity, and power; of decolonisation, diversification and cultural repatriation.

At the height of the Covid outbreak, the arts sector – one of the industries to be hit hardest by the pandemic – was in troubled waters. Quarantines, government-imposed shutdowns and travel bans had left museums, galleries, and institutions worldwide with no choice but to quickly adapt and evolve in order to survive.

After a period of uncertainty and adjustment, the implementation of physical distancing measures eventually forged new digital paths for the art industry, leading to novel ways for artists seeking to connect with locked-down audiences.

This ongoing “digital revolution” – as it is usually referred to – has been seen as an opportunity to shape a more inclusive, diverse, and overall fairer industry, with benefits stretching further beyond mere survival and financial gains. Digital engagement has quickly become the catchphrase of the moment, and words and acronyms like AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), blockchain, NFT (non-fungible tokens) have cemented themselves in everyday lexicon. [continue reading]

Pictured above:

What If We Gave Them Back – sketch, 2020
Asterion City, 2012
Sun Show, 2020
Glass Collector, 2020

Lateral Geographies is an online residency programme for both digital media artists and those looking to diversify their body of work in creating for an online environment; the programme is also open to curators with a specialism in new media art. [Continue Reading]