In September and October 2019 I had the pleasure of collaborating with Kingston University Archives and Special Collections, in an exploration of the construction of image and identity, through the twentieth century universe of Iris Murdoch and twenty first century Instagram; ‘Will The Real Iris Murdoch Please Stand Up?’. The project involved a series of workshops at the Archives in Kingston and will close with an exhibition of photographic selfie-posters. This exhibition was planned for Spring 2020, and is, as are many plans, currently postponed due to Covid 19. The sessions at the Archives are finished now, but if you’d like to take part via Instagram, that would be great too.
In 2016 I made a book, ‘Cartography for Girls, an A-Z of Orientations identified within the Novels of Iris Murdoch’, in which I used Iris Murdoch's term 'orientation' to describe what form/s her literary construct of women's experiences might take. During the process of collating the book, I noticed that many of the orientations of Murdoch’s fictional women might apply equally to social media profile construction. To explore this curious connection (or maybe dislocation), I started an Instagram account, @cartography_for_girls.
As an initial stage of ‘Will The Real Iris Murdoch Please Stand Up?’ I am inviting participants to put together a selfie and an orientation from the A-Z, and which is available for free download as a pdf here:
and then to post this image onto Instagram with the #therealirismurdoch and @cartography_for_girls. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of Iris Murdoch’s work to take part, and I can put the text and image together if you’d like me too, just send me your chosen orientation and your selfie, and I’ll send it back to you to post. Please can you share your thoughts as to why you chose a particular orientation and pic too.
Many thanks, and if you've any questions, please get in touch,