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Robert Marshall

MA work

Inside a Machine

Humans will always push the body and mind to the extreme, to become more than we are. In the robotic age this may lead us to transhumanism. My project started with a question: What if I woke up inside a thinking machine? The suit I wear is more than a film prop—it is a critical tool for investigating the narrative possibilities of a cybernetic life, highlighting not only the limitations, but also the possibilities—the companionship, the ability to see the world anew, and the humour in it all.


  • Robert Marshall
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2018

  • Robert Marshall has a background in Fine Arts and Sports Science.  His profession in the Leisure Industry has given him an interest in the body and mind with interests in Descartes dualism, embodiment (the way the body shapes the mind) and the body as a machine. He is also a practicing sculptor, originally working with materials such as stone and plaster before using a variety of materials in his fine arts practice that question the very core of what it now means to be a sculptor and his/her relationship to material and  immaterial in the 21st century.
  • Degrees

  • BA (hons) Fine Arts, First Class Honours, Arts University Bournemouth, 2016; BSc (hons) Sports Science, Liverpool Polytechnic, 1987
  • Exhibitions

  • Open Senses Festival ‘Proprioception’ – 19th-21st May 2017, Trampery, Old Street, East London; ACI: 3rd International Conference on Animal Computer Interaction, 15th-17th Nov 2016, Milton Keynes,; ‘State’ of Emotion – ‘The Sentimental Machine’, 3rd-6th Nov 2016, Berlin; ‘Free Range’ – Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, East London, 2016; ‘Salt’ – Undergraduate Show, Arts University Bournemouth, 2016; Show 1600 AUB, Bournemouth, 2016; ‘Line & Mass’ – SIX, Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, Meyrick Hall, Bournemouth, 2015; ‘Someone & Something’ – Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2015; ‘StoneWorks Gallery’ – Purbeck Arts Week, 2015; ‘Octamar’ – The Old School House, Bournemouth, 2015; ‘In My Shoes’ Exhibition with JAIOART - Purbeck Arts Week- Invited Artist, Kingston, Purbeck, 2014; ‘Re-Lease’ in association with Boscombe Regeneration Partnership, Bournemouth County Council, and Arts University Bournemouth, Fine Arts Project, 2014; Red Orb Sculpture Exhibition – Invited artist – Swanage, Dorset, 2012; MODIP Exhibition – Bournemouth – Selected Artist, 2012; Red Orb Sculpture Exhibition – Invited artist – Swanage, Dorset, 2011; Mulberry Tree Gallery – Purbeck Arts Week Exhibition – Invited artist – Swanage, 2008; Poole Lighthouse Open Exhibition “View”– Selected artist, 2007; Poole Lighthouse Open Exhibition “Senses”–Selected artist.