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On Closer Inspection: the work of Stuart Robinson

This week I received Stuart Robinson‘s new book Ham Fisted Half Cocked in the post. This was particularly exciting because I had written the foreword essay for the book!! Here is the full text of the essay, with photos from… Continue Reading →

Social Making Symposium – Plymouth 2016

A series of articles reflecting on Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, organised by Plymouth-based social makers Take A Part – focussing on the methodologies employed by a range of socially engaged practitioners operating in the UK (and further afield) and the human scale impacts of chosen case studies.

Achieving Empowerment

How can communities and artists work together to achieve empowerment? Reflecting on Take A Part’s Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, read a series of ‘take home’ points for artists & organisations working in socially engaged practice.

Re-defining the currency of success

How do artists, organisations & funders measure success in relation to socially engaged practice? Reflecting on Take A Part’s Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, read how researchers have teamed up with Situations to develop a new Visual Matrix methodology and what action points project creators need to consider.

Building in succession (as a requirement) in arts & community projects

Why is it ESSENTIAL to think carefully about succession in arts & community projects? Reflecting on Take A Part’s Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now & Next, read how successful socially engaged arts projects have managed the process and what action points project creators need to consider.

Zombie Apocalypse Planning: Preparedness, dry runs and speculative survival strategies that allow us to discuss the unthinkable

ESSAY:

Here’s an academic paper I wrote and presented at Plymouth University’s Zombies – Walking, Eating and Performance Symposium in 2013… It’s an oldie but a goodie!

Embedded in the zombie genre and mythos is the immanent threat of apocalypse – the complete and final destruction of the world as we know it via an uncontainable, untamable and ever-growing army of the undead.

Only Yourself To Blame: Barry Sykes

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Barry Sykes’ performance lecture Only Yourself To Blame (2013) at ICIA, Bath.

Where Sykes offers his audience the choice of three possible pre-prepared but unscripted ‘talks’ and we choose the one about his pencil collection.

Bruce Asbestos: Tiny Canvas Friday

INTERVIEW:

Talking with Bruce Asbestos about his recent Tiny Canvas Friday project on Facebook and the notion of entrepreneurship as a creative practice, social media as ‘form’, inhabiting online spaces, A/B testing and soliciting interaction from potential audiences in social spaces.

On Collaboration

On Collaboration is a short essay I wrote as part of my MA research (2008 – 10), informed by my experiences of collaborative practice as one half of LOW PROFILE and the on-going requirements in educational settings to reinforce individual authorship…. Continue Reading →

Long Conversations

As part of LOW PROFILE’s Picture In The Paper project, Hannah Jones & I started a series of co-authored conversations focused around engagement and participation, that discuss details of participatory arts projects by those who make work in this area.

I have borrowed this format for a series of interviews with artists whose practice I’m interested in, as a way to capture thinking about ephemeral moments in practice for further research.

As British as a Bank Holiday Weekend: S Mark Gubb

REVIEW:

S Mark Gubb’s exhibition History Is Written By The Winners at Exeter Phoenix (Mar-May 2014)

The review reflects on ideas of Britishness, conflict, the writing of history, TV comedy and class brought up in Gubb’s work.

Gambling Man: Mark Greenwood

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Writing and reflection around the ideas of provincial poetics and DIY aesthetics with reference to Mark Greenwood’s spoken word recordings White Mice, All Colours and the indie record label one.c from July 2010

“In the aftermath of the Artists Lottery Syndicate launch, having retired to a back-garden in Ealing, I find myself discussing, with two of my fellow syndicate members, a kind of ‘provincial’ experience shared by artists like ourselves, having decided to base our arts practices outside of London (in Nottingham, Glasgow and Plymouth respectively)…

Never can say goodbye

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Writing in response to Sophie Calle’s exhibition Take Care of Yourself & Gob Squad’s video piece Live Long and Prosper from January 2010

“For a little while now, I have been wondering whether I should make a disclaimer for those I enter into romantic relationships with, warning them of the possibility of them ending up in my work…”

Girl On The Bottom…

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Writing in response to Performance Re-enactment Society’s Untitled Performance Stills & Cupola Bobber’s The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment from March 2010

“I have to admit, I took part in the Performance Re-enactment Society’s piece more by accident than design. It was definitely a case of “the right place, the right time”…”

Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be Dickie…

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Reflections on on Elodie Pong’s Secrets For Sale, Forest Fringe Edinburgh 2009 & Rotozaza’s Wondermart & GuruGuru, from Aug 2009

“Down to my last £2.60 on my final day in Edinburgh, I leave the house for a day of looking at art – always a reliable, cash-free option! After spending an hour (yes, an exceptionally long time) with Elodie Pong’s video piece Secrets For Sale, I find my mindset is well and truly altered…”

A Very Incomplete Lexicon of LOW PROFILE

LOW PROFILE – A Very Incomplete Lexicon of LOW PROFILE

This “lexicon” (written as part of my MA research 2008 – 10), frames a process of interrogation (searching for, finding, close questioning and unpacking) of terms I have used to tag or label areas of my practice and research, with the aim of developing a vocabulary for discourse around our (LOW PROFILE’s) particular the area of research/inquiry.

This document includes writing on ephemera, the status of the non-virtuoso and the idea of working ‘in series’.

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