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Artist’s talk: Rachel Maclean

Date - Wed 25 Oct 2017

Time - 1.00 pm

Duration - 1 hour

Cost - Free

Disabled access? - Yes

Venue - New Adelphi, University of Salford, Peel Park Campus, University Road West, Salford, M5 4BR


Artist Rachel Maclean discusses her strange fantasy world in 'It’s What’s Inside that Counts' - data dependent inhabitants and man-size rodents.

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Fresh from representing Scotland at Venice Biennale, Rachel will talk about her work It’s What’s Inside that Counts, a digital film focusing on our dependence on technology.

‘The supermodel-like figurehead of a greed-driven data provider, is stalked by the leader of a band of guerrilla hacktivist rat creatures. Their aim is to disrupt and gorge upon the addictive invisi-juice that powers phones and pocket tablets, gnawing on bandwidth cables like sugar cane, to suck at the sweet nectar within. Above ground, the citizens are infected with a plaguelike lethargy, becoming zombies who stumble in stained bed clothes in search of ever greater connectivity, totally disconnected from non-virtual reality.’  Taken from Rachel Maclean: Wot u :-) about? exhibition guide HOME, Manchester.

Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow-based multi-media artist who creates artificial visions using green-screen technology. In her work she creates fantastical characters (all played by Maclean) and settings to delve into areas of politics, society and identity.  Maclean’s work is characterised by the juxtaposition of the seductive and grotesque – the dark reality seeping from behind the candy-coloured façades.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016), Rachel Maclean, was commissioned in partnership with HOME, University of Salford Art Collection, Artpace, Zabludowicz Collection, Tate, Frieze Film and Channel 4 Random Acts.


Image: Rachel Maclean, Again and Again and Again, from It's What's Inside That Counts, 2016. Still from digital video. Courtesy the artist. Co-commissioned by HOME, University of Salford Art Collection and Channel 4 Random Acts.

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Jennifer Iddon