Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin, Portsmouth


Price: Free Entry



Aspex is delighted to present Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin, a new exhibition from artist Maggie Roberts (aka Mer). The exhibition is on show at until 23 June 2019, with a Preview on Thursday 4 April, 18.00hrs.

Uncanny Valley, is the term used in robotics to describe human responses of deep unease when interacting with the radical otherness of ‘lifelike’ robots. For this exhibition, its definition is extended to explore fictional relationships between human, animal and synthetic entities. Algorithmic intelligence, magic, plasticity, symbiotic hybrids and swamp demons all trigger an uncanny valley-like response. Thinking about Difficult Kin, Maggie is interested in the potential for an animistic engagement with material, virtual and nonhuman life to encourage perceptual shifts towards a more entangled, abstract and porous being.

Uncanny Valley, Difficult Kin comprises multimedia artworks, including a Youtube ASMR inspired audio fiction, an ambient soundscape, HD videos and a wandering sculpture/ installation made of crystals, detritus, ocean flotsam, photographic collage, laser cut stencils and fabrics.

Disabled Access:

Disabled Parking is available on request (please call gallery in advance to reserve a space: 02392 778080) please check with the gallery on arrival that you are correctly parked.

Once inside Aspex the exhibition space is all on one flat level.

For more information please visit the Aspex website.

Disabled Parking, exhibition space on one flat level, intercom assistance at door.


Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, Portsmouth PO1 3BF