I’m a free range writer and artist from the UK. My work is diverse and has been seen and heard in digital media, on radio and television, online, in theatres and art galleries, at film festivals, and in print, throughout Britain and internationally. My work has been in group exhibitions and festivals in the UK, Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Norway, the United States and Japan. 2005-2008 I spent quite a lot of time living and working in Japan and China. I’ve been back to Japan since then, but I’m still pining for the fjords and for HK.
Much of my output involves oratory, storytelling, performance lectures or roleplaying. My inspiration comes from historical and contemporary folklore, esoterica and Forteana of Britain, Europe and Asia, legitimate mainstream sciences, and the fringe or pseudo-sciences that go along with them. My recent works often use scientific or academic research methods; sometimes earnestly, sometimes satirically. I’ve also collaborated with real scientists, which helps me to know the difference between actual science and pseudo-academic nonsense.
I’ve been artist in residence for ArtSway, New Media Scotland and the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2007), among others. In 2004 I was awarded an Arts Council England / English Heritage Artist’s Fellowship. In 2006 I was commissioned to make the film Qingdao 58 Middle in China. A year later I returned to China to work at Contemporary Art Terminal/He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen.
I’m the author of two published novels (Their Heads Are Anonymous and Monkey Boys.) Uncanny Valley: Collected Short Stories was published in 2008. I was involved publicly as an editor (and behind the scenes as a board member and advisor) with the new fiction site Pulp.Net from its foundation in 2003 until it went on hiatus at the end of 2009. I made my first film in 2000, with Joe Magee: Hypnomart for Channel 4 Television’s ‘Animate!’. I also regularly take part in readings, talks, lectures and participatory arts work with people from school age upwards.
I was an Associate Artist at ArtSway Gallery until their closure in 2012, having worked with them in various ways since 2002.
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I’m always, although very slowly, working on a new book. My non-fiction book Career Suicide is available as a print-on-demand book and a download. It’s about the reality of working in the art world for most artists, away from the glamorous and curatorially acclaimed end of the spectrum. Find out more about it and read an extract from the book here. My major project for 2009-2010 was Magickal Realism, a live video and performance project inspired by the Angelic Actions and writings of Queen Elizabeth I’s court wizard, John Dee. The first performance was at Colchester Arts Centre in late February, with subsequent showings in Southern England and in Germany. In January and February 2011 I worked at KINO KINO Centre for Art & Film in Norway.
I have a blog for random, non work-related writing: ADOXOBLOG. Career Suicide, continues some of the themes I write about in the book of the same name, i.e. being an artist and the art world’s foibles, failings, fun and other things beginning with F.
PRESS AND MEDIA COVERAGE OF ME AND MY WORK INCLUDES:
a-n, Art Monthly, The Art Newspaper, BBC 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.
BOOKS WITH IMAGES OF MY WORK AND / OR CRITICAL WRITING ABOUT IT:
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