Madame I is a short film for mobile phones, 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.
The film 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. 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. It was 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). It was exhibited in Alt-w: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture, at the CCA, Glasgow (2008), curated by Mark Daniels, Executive Director, New Media Scotland in collaboration with Francis McKee, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Glasgow.
“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.”
Edinburgh Film Festival 2007
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