Nancy Mauro-Flude

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), Digital Media, Lecturer

Other Affiliation(s):

  • University of Tasmania

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2020

    Dr Nancy Mauro Flude, mother of Pearl and former pirate radio star. Administer of a home-brewed feminist web server, leads the Vvet n Vvild Vvifi holistic computing network @RMIT University (Melbourne Australia). A permaculture aspirant since 1984 her creative arts research contributes to the interdisciplinary space of feminist science and technology studies (STS), computer subculture and performance art. She explores signal transmissions in order to draw upon contested knowledges and advances broader understandings emergent technologies as they arise as key actors in our embodied lives. Her work radically intervene into public space through the aesthetic application of networking infrastructure, are: ‘Performing with the Aether: An Aesthetics of Tactical Feminist Practice’ in The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art (2020) ‘Vessels of Infinite Veracity: Command-line Incantations’ Art + Australia Journal Issue 6.; ‘Experiential Prototyping’ in Intersecting Art and Technology Practice: Techne/Technique/Technology (2018) Routledge.


    Miss Despoinas Founder, NAF:TMFC curator, co-convenor and co-producer. NAF:TMFC was a satellite event of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2013) and partnered the Museum of New and old Art [MONA] as part of Dark MOFO 2013 for the presentation of Notorious R&D at CAST Saturday 23 May.


    Nancy Mauro-Flude is a Tasmanian artist and theorist. Driven by the demystification of technology, and the ‘mystification’ that lie in and through the performance of the machinic assemblage. Contributing to developments in performing arts, technology and the public domain, Nancy has collaborated with leading institutions and festivals worldwide and has led numerous cross-disciplinary programmes that examine contemporary society in a digital age.

    Media experimentation and pedagogy form the basis of her work where the computer is approached as a theatre machine. In her experimental artworks, performances and durational events she presents a paradoxical combination of satire and transcendentalism (she prefers to perform the political, than merely represent it). Mauro-Flude’s performance work most often involves computational machines where by touching and divining their inner parts. She engages bespoke technologies to open up systems in order to execute in unusual ways.

    Published internationally in print and online, her work is commissioned, exhibited and performed in Australia, UK, Europe, North/South-America and Asia for events and venues including: RadicalNetworks, Eyebeam New York, DarkMofo 2016-3, KunstHalle, Vienna, Transmediale, Berlin; WORM, Rotterdam; ISEA 2015-13-2009-2005; FILE, Gallery Vermelho, Sao Paulo; Critical Path, Artspace, Sydney; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Contemporary Art Tasmania, Museum of New and Old Art MONA, Tasmania; HTMLles Festival of Digital Art and Culture, Montreal; Netherlands New Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; Brighton Digital Festival, UK; and STUK, Belgium.

    She was been artist-in-residence at Somatic Movement Institute (2000-1); DasArts: advanced institute for Performance Art Amsterdam School of Art (2001-4); Waag Society for New & Old Media (2003-5); and at SUBOTRON, Museum Quartier, Vienna (2008). Nancy was awarded an MA in Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (2007). In 2008 she was an Honorary Researcher at Slade School of Fine Art in Electronic Media, and recently completed a PhD, University of Tasmania, researching the performance of code and the dramaturgy of transmission in contemporary art.

    Under various pseudonyms she actively works to fuse radical forms of open culture with educational and social structures, with particular focus upon relatively conservative and weakly networked regions and communities. Nancy co-founded Moddr avant creative-industrial complex/ a medialab in Rotterdam. She is the International currency officer for Dyne, a free software foundry and developer for the Genderchangers Academy and the ecletctic tech carnival [/etc] an annual event for artists and developers working with free and open source software, hardware where these events actively change the ‘gender’ of technology.

    As founder of Miss Despoinas Critical Engineering Space along with other events, she curated ~/encoding_experience/10_October_2008_18:00_EST.* at Plimsoll Gallery (2008), ‘My Avatar’ Glenorchy Works Festival (2010) and Networked Art And Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits presented at CAT (2013) where artists, programmers and thinkers from the front line of the maker aesthetic, collaborate with local Tasmanian artists.


Last Known Location:

  • Singapore

Previous Location(s):

  • AU

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