In September 2019 I am delighted to be 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 will involve a series of workshops at the Archives in Kingston and will close with an exhibition of photographic selfie-posters in Spring 2020. If you’d like to take part in the workshops, please click here for more information, and to sign up please contact Dayna at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,