Nancy Mauro-Flude is a Tasmanian interdisciplinary artist and theorist. Performativity, media experimentation and pedagogy form the basis of her work. Nancy draws on arcane hermetic traditions and computer hacker culture; linking spell casting to live performance and executable code in the form of performances and installations. She takes paraphernalia and transforms it, imbuing it with ‘renewed’ meaning. Mauro-Flude’s performance work most often involves computational machines where by touching their inner parts, she employs bespoke technologies. Nancy opens 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: Transmediale, Berlin; WORM, Rotterdam; ISEA 2013; Gallery Vermelho, Sao Paulo; Critical Path, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; CAT, 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 theatre and dance Amsterdam School of Art (2001-4); Waag Society for New & Old Media (2003-5); and 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 is currently completing a PHD at the School of Art, University of Tasmania.
In 2013 Nancy received two major commissions for new work: Valetudo, a large-scale embroidered Vodou flag with an Augmented Reality level sewn into it, for the exhibition Testing Ground as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival; and Is Starlight a WIFI Signal?, a telematic tableaux vivant performed between Darwin, Sydney and Hobart, produced for the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2013 in Sydney.
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 and she is the International currency officer for Dyne, a free software foundry. As founder of Miss Despoinas Critical Engineering Space she, along with other events, has curated ~/encoding_experience/10_October_2008_18:00_EST.* at Plimsol Gallery, and Networked Art And Tactical Magick Faerie Circuitspresented at CAT (2013) where artists, programmers and thinkers from the front line of the maker aesthetic engage with Local Tasmanian artists.