Margaret Seymour is a Sydney-based artist who is interested in the temporal, cultural and social characteristics of the digital realm and how these technologies transform our experience of lived space and time. She often uses digital media, however most of her works are not screen-based. Instead she employs a range of approaches to art making including site-specific sculpture, video, robotics and interactive objects.
Commentators like Paul Virilio argue that electronic space is replacing or annihilating 'real' space, but Margaret focuses specifically on creating instances where the digital and the 'real' overlap and infiltrate each other.
Margaret Seymour studied Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts before going on to work in theatre and film production in the 1980s and 90s. During this time she worked on productions by acclaimed local and international directors including Neil Armfield and Tracey Moffat. Returning to her own visual arts practice in the late 1990s Margaret quickly became interested in the changes brought about by digital technologies. Drawing on her background in sculpture, Margaret creates interactive objects and experiences that question some of the habits and assumptions underpinning visual culture. Recent works include Tracker (2013), a solo exhibition at Articulate Project Space; Remote Sensing (2014) which was presented in the Sceptical Image exhibition at SCA Galleries and Solar Echo (2014), an environmental artwork which was exhibited in La Lune: Energy Producing Art on Long Reef Headland. Margaret currently teaches Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Her artworks have been recognised with the following awards: 2005 Australia Council New Media Arts Board International Residency: Banff, Canada, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2011 and in 2012 she received an Australia Council New Work grant for her work Tracker. Margaret also participates in international conferences and her peer-reviewed conference papers are published and available online.