“Frankly disturbing” jack of all trades, master of some. Hot pink tech drag fake AI. I am based, divide in my time & work.
I’m a writer and artist or an artist and writer… sometimes other things, too. I live in London, UK.
I’ve been a professional, published writer of fiction, drama, factual texts and journalism for about thirty years… I started young. I’ve also worked in visual arts for over twenty years. As an artist I make performance lectures, interventions, participatory experiences and live role-playing games, mainly for communities and audiences outside of conventional gallery, theatre or performance spaces. I like folklore, magic, silly costumes, museums, absurdity, the uncanny valley, doing things that help people think, improving the world incrementally, and making machines and systems do things their makers wouldn’t approve of.
I work nationally and internationally, with particular living and working experience of (and interest in) east Asia: China and Japan specifically. I speak Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and can also read Japanese.
Also a visual and performing arts freelancer working in production, research and activism, relating particularly to mental health, disability, poverty and artists’ livelihoods.
Former artist in residence at The Open Data Institute (London), ArtSway (New Forest, England), Oriel Mostyn (Year of the Artist residency, Llandudno, Wales), University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, Timespan Museum and Archive (Helmsdale, Scotland), Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge, England), OCAT (Shenzhen, China), and a Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellow (Arts Council England & English Heritage).
PRESS AND MEDIA COVERAGE OF ME AND MY WORK INCLUDES:
a-n, Art Monthly, The Art Newspaper, BBC national and local radio, The Big Issue, Cabinet, Channel 4 Television (UK), China Daily, Dazed & Confused, The Evening Standard (London), The Face, Flux, Frieze, i-d (UK), IDN (Japan), The Guardian, Guardian Culture Pros, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, LBC, Mac Format, MAP, Metro, QTV (China), Realtime (Australia), Resonance FM, The Sci-Fi Channel (UK), Scotland on Sunday, SFX, The Times (UK), Wired.
Group exhibitions & festivals (selected)
British Fusion (in development) as part of residency at Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol.
… and previously (2002-2014), an incomplete list, selected from many, many others:
The Performance Lecture at MUSAC, León, Spain; Art on the Underground, London; Sync: Art Meets Technology at Detroit Institute of Arts; Wysing Arts Contemporary: Presents, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, England; Abandon Normal Devices Festival of New Cinema & Digital Culture at FACT, Liverpool, England; Dislocate 08, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan; Broadcast Yourself/AV Festival 08, Hatton Gallery (Newcastle) and Cornerhouse (Manchester), England; Film Circus, Whitechapel Gallery, London. Journeys at Shot by the Sea Moving Image Festival, Hastings, England. OCAT Artists at Borges Libreria Art Foundation, Guangzhou, China. Collaborators: UK Design for Performance 2003-2007, Nottingham Trent University Gallery, England. Hyperlive: Animation and the Camera, Curzon Soho, London. Blink, Gasworks Gallery, London. New Forest Pavilion at 51st Biennale di Venezia/Venice Biennale 2005, Palazzo Zenobio, Italy. Radiator Festival for New Technology Art, Nottingham, England. Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, City Hall, Hong Kong. Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland. Two editions of International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Nagoya, Japan and San Jose, USA.