As part of my MA final project, I fundraised to take The Delegates and a film crew to London. We performed Bankers on Active Community Service in Dalston, east London and outside the Bank of England. You can watch our story here…
This film, along with photographs (accompanying a kick-ass soundtrack), and the Shrinkles of Dissent will all be exhibited at my MA degree show.
Preview party: 19 September, 5-9pm… all welcome.
Open days: 20, 21 & 22 September 10-4pm
I’m invigilating on 21 Sept, from 12-2pm
Fine Art Building (behind Edward Barnsley building)
School of the Arts
You can download the MA exhibition venue map just there!
MPs vote on the gagging law for a second time today. There’s still time to vocalise your dissent.
Or, Polyshrink mischief: badges washed in on the tide.
I’m delighted to reveal a mischief publication, and a project I’ve been cooking up since November last year. Urban Selkie is my new publishing venture (website coming soon). It will form, and inform my upcoming PhD research into mischief and the counter-public sphere. Meanwhile, it’s another MA project I can tick of my list.
I’ve just finished writing a positioning statement about making mischief – it’ll be published by Urban Selkie Publications later this month in a book titled Shrinkles of Dissent. Whilst I was word wrestling, I remembered I’d written something same-but-different a few years ago. I skiffled through my archived projects and dug it out from the depths of 2009. So here it is, unedited and unabridged…
The updated version will follow shortly.
In March 2012 I decided to dream an impossible dream. The final chapter of the dream would be an email from the School of the Arts at Loughborough University. The email would tell me that I’d been awarded a studentship – and that I’d be paid to make mischief on their 3-year PhD programme. The epilogue to this impossibility: that I’ll be Dr Mischief by 2016.
I decided I needed a badge. A badge-to-make-the-impossible-dream Real. Tangible. Embodied. I also decided that the yeehaaYes email would taste like strawberries and black pepper.
After more drafts than I care to remember, and with the support* of inspirational friends, colleagues and peers, In June 2013 got *that* email. And yes, it did taste exactly how I imagined it would.
From October 2013 – 2016, I’ll be making Beguiling Mischief. This will be research that employs strategies of pranks and embodied critique to facilitate the production of publics and counter-public spheres. In creating opportunities for playful defiance and participatory discourse, mischief will provide the potential for unconventional methods of protest, inveigled into the everyday.
(In many ways, it’ll be an extension and development of the work I’ve been making on my MA Art and the Public Sphere.)
*I owe a huge dept of thanks to my family (who have also suffered/patiently endured many of my early mischievous pranks – whoops! – sorry about those), my friends, particularly Caroline and Vic, and to Ian Bruff, Mel Jordan, Johanna Hallsten, Marion Arnold and Gillian Whiteley. Thank you – you’ve all been epic.
…always Dream Impossible Dreams.
DEparture Lounge was a superb event: a day of new connections, dynamic conversations and pivotal moments.
During Sarah Brigham’s workshop, I was able to briefly step back from studying and into planning and shaping future mischief. To have the space to think, write and consider the mischief I make as pure artform and practice – was just gorgeous. I’ve half-written a Mischief Manifesto, but that’s a gem to refine later. Now, I’m back in top gear working towards my MA show/final project - all the richer for my Derby/London/Whitechapel/Bethnal Green/City/Bank/Canary Wharf/Brockley & Loughborough forays, detours and adventures.
PS. Go see Toot’s ‘Ten out of Ten‘ show – it’s amazing.