Lauren Edmonds


I dun good


I dun good is an interactive artwork that reveals the uncomfortable conditions underlying political and social action performed online.

Social media’s promise – to transform production relations, re-connect a fragmented society and distribute more power to the public – makes it an appealing platform for protest. This appeal, in combination with the commercial pairing of multimedia technology with ideas of enhanced personal agency, has resulted in heightened expectations of the power and effectiveness of online participation, ‘protest’ and social action. Recent history has demonstrated that the internet can be used effectively in organising mass political action, spurring real-world change. However, these events have been effective when social media is used, not to replace real-world action but to co-ordinate it. Developing out of an Honours thesis of the same title, I dun good uses elements of montage, astonishment and humour to disrupt and distance participants from the work. In doing so, it begins to expose the conditions of online ‘action’.

mixed media, Interactive object

tablet, app, stylus pen, recycled cardboard, self-inking stamp, string, wood, paper

115 x 77 x 30cm (including plinth)

Lauren Edmonds is a multimedia artist living and working in Brisbane, previously based on the Sunshine Coast. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Class I Honours) at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2015. Dealing with socio-political subjects, Edmonds seeks to incite critical engagement with audiences and participants.

Edmonds works in a variety of media including drawing, animation, installation and object making. More recently, she has become interested in making interactive artworks. She won two awards in the 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category and was a finalist for the 2015 prize, which is open to artists nationally. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing. Edmonds has held two solo exhibitions, in 2009-2010 at Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy and 2012 at Tree Frog Gallery, Maleny.

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