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Beverley Hood

Edinburgh based artist Beverley Hood was the winner of the 2006/07 Film and Video Award. Her film piece, Madame I, was featured at the Edinburgh International Film Festival from 15 - 26 August this year.

Madame I was the subject of a neurological study in the early 20th century: a patient who had lost her 'body awareness', or proprioception.

Still from 'Madame I', 2007, digital film, Beverley Hood

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.

Beverley Hood has used mobile technology to highlight the fragmented, technology-dependent nature of modern existence. This work transposes this condition onto a 3D animated character existing in a mobile phone - the Madame I of the title - who contemplates the nature of her disembodied predicament.

Still from 'Madame I', 2007, digital film, Beverley Hood  Still from 'Madame I', 2007, digital film, Beverley Hood

Madame I is available to download from Beverley Hood's website.


Beverley Hood has studied in a variety of areas, as well as sculpture, she received a PGDip in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee (1995/96). Her work is exhibited worldwide, including the nationally in the UK& and in Japan.

Along with participating in various artist residency programmes, and working with a wide variety of international organisations, Beverley Hood is a Postgraduate Co-ordinator in Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art.

The 2006/07 Film and Video Award was supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. Additional support has been provided by CereProc, The Tacticus Project and Sharewire.  The initiative aims to foster Scottish talent and draws on the specific skills of the artists to the screen and has been key in developing innovative works that have been seen worldwide or have led the particular artists reaching international artists at a high level.

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