The Politics of Play and Participation

If you are interested in socially engaged art practice, historical or contemporary perspectives on participation… then join us for this day of playfully politicized practices. The programme balances academic research and current art practices, the line up is an exciting mix. There will be roundtable discussions in the afternoon. I’ll be facilitating one on conflictContinue reading “The Politics of Play and Participation”

Teasing insight #MarketTown #Mischief

Today is about planning my Market Town lecture – which is more a performance with mischief, than a standard PowerPoint lecture about my research. I’ve had confirmation that I can go hands-free with a headset microphone, rather than be trapped on a tiny stage with a static microphone. And later today I can collect myContinue reading “Teasing insight #MarketTown #Mischief”

Making Mischief in Public

Or, making time for a new performance. Whilst my pitch is outlined below, I’m still in the planning stage… but expect a little mischief, maybe a modicum of participation, and probably some enticements for both. I’ve been asked by Radar, the contemporary arts strand of LU Arts at Loughborough University to give a lecture in Loughborough’sContinue reading “Making Mischief in Public”

2016 The year of the Thesis #phd #research

Now that I’ve condensed (what will end up as) 40,000 words into a 2.5m x 1m diagram and a 3,500 structure document, I’m strangely excited. Excited about sinking my teeth into the actual thesis. Excited about writing. Excited about finishing. Excited about what I might make happen next. Excited about the three micro-projects that areContinue reading “2016 The year of the Thesis #phd #research”

Sneak preview The Wizard of Oz at #Feste15

The next live performances of The Wizard of Oz will be at Derby Feste on Saturday 26 September 2015… 1pm, Irongate & Saddlergate 2.30pm, Cornmarket 4.15pm, East Street & St Peters Street See you there for clowning, mischief and chaos! xx This Land is Your Land – commissioned soundtrack Original Lyrics by Woody Guthrie, 1940Continue reading “Sneak preview The Wizard of Oz at #Feste15”

I met Spiderman yesterday

He was ace – smart, funny, costumed and inquisitive (you can see the full glory of his Disco Derek costume here). I was an invited panelist for the University of Derby’s Creative Careers Fest. Along with Katie Seymour-Smith and Professor Chris White we talked about our post graduate journeys. Now I’m coming up for half-wayContinue reading “I met Spiderman yesterday”

On being paid to make mischief, and you’re invited too…

Of the emails you might wish to receive, this is just the best. Next Saturday evening I’ll be making mischief in and around Sudbury Hall – as part of The Lost Boys live interactive screening of The Innocents. The 1961 adaptation of the Henry James novel, and collaborative project between The Lost Boys, BFI, Derby QuadContinue reading “On being paid to make mischief, and you’re invited too…”

@LiberateTate talk @Nottm_Contemp: critical citizenship, activism & art.

Art not Oil – Liberate Tate When: Wednesday 11th February 6.30pm, free entry with a ticket. Where: The Space, Nottingham Contemporary “Loughborough University’s Anarchism Research Group and Politicized Practice Research Group host an evening with Liberate Tate as part of their Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art, a series of seminars and events to showcase and critically discuss art activists’ efforts to give a voice toContinue reading “@LiberateTate talk @Nottm_Contemp: critical citizenship, activism & art.”

Mischievous intent

“…and in that moment, the possibility of who and what you can be changes…” “…and in that moment, the impossible becomes possible…” Last Wednesday I was paying attention to Josh MacPhee and his Interference Archive colleagues – a seminar co-organised by PPRG (Politicized Practice Research Group) and the Anarchism Research Group at Loughborough University. It wouldContinue reading “Mischievous intent”