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Gabriel A. Maher

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Year of Birth
1983 (Sydney, Australia)

University of New South Wales, Design Academy Eindhoven

Studio/Company Name
Studio Gabriel .A. Maher


Work Address
Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Critical People
Ilse Crawford, Alice Rawsthorn, Jefferson Hack (Dazed Media), Rianne Makkink, Jan Boelen, Herman Verkerk, Guus Beumer, Jayson Haebich, Isabel Mager, Kali Rose Bedford, Roberto Perez Gayo, Enya Moore (Frame Magazine)

Technologies for Seductive Criticism

Questioning media practices through queer and feminist frameworks is the core position and approach of Gabriel A. Maher, a graduate of the Social Design department at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Technologies for Seductive Criticism contextualises the body and the shaping of identity within information systems such as image, text, and media.

The project captures how the body is mediated through DazedDigital.com, a digital media platform. Maher’s research focuses on representations of the body and identity in image and text such as titles, subtitles, keywords, hashtags, and other notations. Maher developed an algorithm in order to collect these representations. The project frames the collected material using the following categories — gesture, posture, proximity, scale, body-to-body relationships, and interaction with objects and branding. The resulting archive provides insight into how cultural platforms represent the body and constructs notions of gender, race, and class.

Developed in collaboration with media critic Jefferson Hack and computer programmer Jayson Haebich


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