One hearty envelope

I knew this piece of paper was en-route. I didn’t anticipate this… Freckled Mischief presents: The Wizard of Oz: “An innovative and original approach with which to engage people in research topics.” Judges panel comment, Engage competition 2016, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. To find out more about the Engage competition, and the phenomenal projectsContinue reading “One hearty envelope”

Introducing my clown (I think)

Up until May 2015 the following statement was true. I trained in fine art and I usually know how an image, or project will turn out. I may not be able to (or want to) visualise every detail in advance, but I do usually have a ballpark idea. If the aesthetics are up in theContinue reading “Introducing my clown (I think)”

Sarcastic cross-stitch

This began as a conversation with Rachel, an old friend, confidante, and fellow mischief-maker. She was speaking about someone specific, who was making her life more awkward than necessary. Context here is everything.  The edited conversation went something like this… Me: Ooooh, I could make that for you. [Pause] in cross-stitch. Rach: [Looks blank, andContinue reading “Sarcastic cross-stitch”

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”

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”

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…”

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”