The Ballad of Technological Dependency, 1998
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, The Ballad of Technological Dependency, 1998
The Ballad of Technological Dependency links narratives of fact and fiction, threads of memory and community. The Ballad incorporates answering machine messages and photographs of several friends, based on recollections from the previous year. This work emerged out of an interest in the work of American photographer Nan Goldin and Australian photographer William Yang. Both artists produce work that documents the various communities and subcultures to which they belong. I wanted to produce work along similar lines, but rather than attempting to tell the truth through the photograph, I became increasingly interested in blurring the truth, and inventing half of the story.

The Ballad of Technological Dependency, 1998, remastered 2023
Direction, Production, Photography: Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Additional Photography: Emma Crimmings, Kate Smith, Isabella Reich
Performers: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Viva L’amour, Emma Crimmings, John Martin, Toby Huynh, Estie Llavallol, Jules Gull, Dominic O’Grady, Marion Moore, Leanne Yuen, Steve Stickney, Linda Pace, Melissa Favero.
Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Supplied with Repeats.
Solo exhibitions:
Are You There? Wollongong Art Gallery, 2023
Group exhibitions:
Home Sweet Homo, Raw Nerve, 1998
cLUB bENT, Performance Space, 1998
Art Gallery of Western Australia
National Film & Sound Archive