Cornelia Parker in conversation with Jimmy Wales

Cornelia Parker at work on Magna Carta An Embroidery – Photograph by Joseph Turp

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Cornelia Parker talks to Jimmy Wales about the ideas behind her new commission

Cornelia Parker is one of the most original and inventive artists working in Britain today. Her wide-ranging practice, mainly in sculpture and installation, touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. On display at the British Library over the summer, Parker’s Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is an exact replica of the Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary in 2014.

The fabric has been divided into sections, which have been sent out to contributors all over Britain, and the final object is the work of many hands from prisoners and lawyers to artists and barons. Analogue and digital modes of information provision come together in this captivating artwork. Cornelia is joined by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to discuss the ideas behind the embroidery at a special conversation led by British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating.

Presented in association with the Ruskin School of Art


Name: Cornelia Parker in conversation with Jimmy Wales
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