alt-w: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture

Bev Hood (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Alt-w: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow was a curated group show, running from 2nd Aug – 13th Sept 2008, presenting a selection of work from Scottish based artists whose practice had been supported by the Alt-w Fund. The work I exhibited ‘Madame I’ is a short film for mobile phones, available in the CCA gallery at as Bluetooth download, inspired by a neurological study in the early 20th century, documenting a patients loss of proprioception or bodily awareness. . Her predicament, and her lucid, poignant description of it, resonates with the disembodied nature of our contemporary networked lives, of everyday mobile and digital technologies.

This work transposes Madame I’s real-life condition on to a 3D animated character. From inside a mobile phone, she contemplates the nature of her disembodied predicament. Madame I continues my attempt to create projects that interrogate the impact of technology on the body, relationships and human experience.

“A character in search of a movie? A soul separated from its body? What – and where – is Madame I? Artist Beverley Hood has used mobile technology to highlight the fragmented, technology-dependent nature of modern existence.” (
Madame I was an Artist’s Film & Video production supported by The National Lottery through Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. Additional support was provided by CereProc, The Tacticus Project and Sharewire.

Alt-w: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture was curated by Mark Daniels, Executive Director, New Media Scotland in collaboration with Francis McKee, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Glasgow. Madame I has previously screened at the 61st Edinburgh International Film Festival (2007), Bird’s Eye Film Festival, London (2008) and as part of “artisgoodforyou” an arts event presenting works available for mobile phones via Bluetooth in Thomas Street, Dublin, presented as an ISEA2009 Pre-symposium event (2008).

Exhibiting Artists:
Simon Biggs & Sue Hawksley / Nicky Bird / Jaygo Bloom / Alison Clifford / Henry Cruickshank / Gregor Dewar & Mark Vernon / Gair Dunlop / Simon Fildes & Katrina McPhersonn / Beverley Hood / Matt Hulse / Zoe Irvine / Nigel Johnson / Kapwani Kiwanga & Alan Brown / Torsten Lauschmann / Donna Leishman / Mandy McIntosh / Holger Mohaupt / Iain Morrison / Jason Nelson / Dan Norton / Andy Rice & Bill Duncan / Simon Richardson / Chris Rowland / Mel Woods / Simon Yuill

“Initiated by Scottish Screen in 2000 the Alt-w Fund supports the development of new artworks, devices and creative applications that challenge the notions of what networked or web-based digital creativity can be. “
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherCCA, Glasgow
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2008


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