Mary Maggic + conversation with Miriam Simun
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Mary Maggic is a non-binary artist working within the fuzzy intersections of transfeminist hacking, body/gender politics, and eco-alienations. Maggic’s most recent projects Open Source Estrogen generate DIY protocols for the extraction and detection of hormones from bodies and environments, demonstrating their micro-performativity and potential for increased body autonomy. They hold a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab, and have exhibited internationally including Philadelphia Museum of Art (US), Science Gallery London (UK), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE), Jeu de Paume (FR), and Institute of Contemporary Arts London (UK). Maggic is a recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts (2017) and a 10-month Fulbright research award in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019).
Miriam Simun works at the intersection of ecology, technology and the body. Their practice spans multiple formats including video, performance, installation, writing, and communal sensorial experiences. Of chief concern is the collision of bodies (human and non) with rapidly evolving techno-ecosystems. If collision can be understood to be a form of disturbance (in the ecological sense), then in disturbance we move through damage to an opportunity for renewal. Simun centers the sensorial as imperative for this renewal. Their work has been presented internationally, including Gropius Bau (Berlin), New Museum (New York), Himalayas Museum (Shanghai), The Contemporary (Baltimore) and the Bogota Museum of Modern Art (Bogota) and has been supported by Creative Capital and the Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, and Onassis Foundations.