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Research Network: Contested Sites

Talk Auteurship with Gary Stewart

07 Feb 2024
  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Wednesday 7 February 2024

  • Time


  • RSVP

    Free but booking required!

  • Artists

    Gary Stewart

Join us for an interactive performance evening with Gary Stewart as we explore auteurship and how technological innovations can make desirable changes in an unjust society.

In filmmaking, the idea of the `auteur’ is used to describe when the director is viewed as a major influence in their films to the point where they rank as the ‘author’. Stuart Hall’s essay Constituting An Archive suggests/affirms that archives are not static or neutral and in cultural studies as well as media studies we can recontextualise and reassembly content to manipulate collective media memory. This performance is a gentle intervention into how we can inform institutions of the futures into how we experience contested pasts.

Gary’s work is rooted within social justice and connecting his political activism, practice and articulation as an artist and the work of academia. Currently, Gary has been engaged in an ongoing investigation into the malleable nature of the archive in relation to generative theories, transmutation, augmented space, narrative mapping and the observer effect which occurs in quantum mechanics.

This talk is part of iniva’s Research Network programme Contested Sites. It is supported by funding from Freelands Foundation.


If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate.


Gary Stewart is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines social and political issues of identity, culture, and technology. Operating through a range of theoretical, fictional, and artistic frames he is part of a global network of collaborators who are advocates for equality, climate justice and better health through the arts especially those from marginalised communities. Working at the intersection of sound, moving image and computational creativity his work traverse’s media art, experimental music, and research.

Between 1995-2010 he was Head of Multimedia at Iniva curating the digital programme including installations, exhibitions, public and online projects. Freelance since 2011, he is a founder member of London based research and performance group Dubmorphology and Artist Associate at People’s Palace Projects based at Queen Mary, University of London.

Image credit: Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memories. 
Tate Britain, February 2015
Using research and performance, sound and visual installation to explore how culture and history shapes our intimate memories. 
Photo: Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole