9×9 – a set of poems under constraint

As my response to the hyperlocal commission from Arts&CultureExeter I made a set of 9 square visual poems, using the first 9 square numbers, and found images in square format as the initial constraints. These are hosted on the Arts and Culture website, and will also be uploaded my social media.

Words were drawn from texts I encountered over the weeks of ‘lockdown’, and the images selected from my stack of collage materials. These were edited by erasure, translation, and recombination. The texts respond to their sources, but transpose associations to novel social and political behaviour. The impulse to respond creatively finds itself faced with arguments in favour of action, and a counter rationale for inaction. The poems emerged despite this. Contexts include the work of Louis Zukofsky, Hannah Weiner, OuLiPo, and Bernadette Mayer.

Uncommon Attunement, review of David Toop anthology

Rupert Loydell has just uploaded a new review of mine to the Stride blog. The review comments and reflects on my reading of David Toop’s Inflamed Invisible: Collected Writings on Art and Sound 1976 – 2018 recently published by Goldsmiths Press.

“This is a noisy capacious book, bringing together Toop’s writing, from reviews, occasional texts, magazine articles, liner notes, blog posts and exhibition texts across more than four decades. […]

Each one of this selection might be linked to distinct fields, of music, of poetry, of film making, but Toop draws sonic and aural threads from each and winds them together in this collection. ”

The accompanying links and Spotify playlist are really great, and reminded me of things I’d forgotten as well as introducing me to new work.

continuous stationary workshop day at The Met Office Innovation Lab

On Wednesday January 15th I spent the day with a number of artists and scientists looking at potential ways of working together with ‘big data’. The event was hosted by Impact Lab at the Met Office Innovation Centre in Exeter Science Park. The day was one of two organised by Milly Brown, of Plymouth College of Art, to bring artists in the region into contact and communication with scientists and researchers in partner oganisations. There were representatives from Impact Lab, from The Met Office, and from Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The day generated some very interesting conversations, and there feels to be the potential for collaborations and joint projects in the future.

The project has an instagram account @continuous_stationary and there are plans to produce a publication / report by the end of 2020.

mentoring a Plymouth Platform project for #PAW18

Over the past 8 months I have worked with Rhys Morgan as a mentor for his commissioned project for Plymouth Platform which was shown at Plymouth Art Weekender 2018. Rhys developed a single-screen video installation with 5-channel sound. It was shown in the Batter Street Studio space at Plymouth Arts Centre over the Art Weekender, 28th-30th September 2018.

Daddygogue consisted of the installation and a newspaper, and both were supported by a workshop with young trans people in Plymouth. The project investigated topics of queer visibility, trans experience, information and communication systems, and folded these together with audio and visual collage of material found online and in print.

https://daddygogue.tumblr.com/

‘threaded insert’ at STREAM, Dartington on September 7th

I will perform’ threaded insert’ as part of the three-day programme for STREAM: a Series of Transdisciplinary Rituals & Experiments in Art & Music at Dartington on Friday 7th September 2018. My performance will take place in Studio 6 and the adjoining spaces from 2.00pm on the Friday. There will be live work, projected and installed works and social events across the weekend. The event is coordinated by Sarah Gray to mark the 10 year anniversary of the closing of Dartington College of Arts at the Dartington Campus. Work will be presented by alumni and former faculty members across music, performance writing, visual performance, dance and theatre.