I’m a writer and artist or an artist and writer… sometimes other things, too.
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I live in the UK. The work I make for publication, performance, broadcast and installation is often “subversive” (SFX), at times “startling” (The Independent) and occasionally even “fascinating” (The Times). Wikipedia classifies me as a “Science Fiction Artist”. I’m not sure what the anonymous Wikipedians and/or their taxonomical algorithm were thinking, nor am I entirely sure what it signifies, but I’m willing to live with it. I like to imagine that it means I’m an artist from science fiction. Perhaps a character in a William Gibson novel? According to Artfacts.net, I’m about the 27,400th most important artist in the history of Earth, including all the dead ones. I’m not sure how I feel about this. In 2010 I wrote a successful memoir of being a fairly unsuccessful artist, Career Suicide, which you can buy by clicking the link to the left.
I take part in gallery exhibitions, art and film festivals, readings, workshops and real-world incursions throughout my home country, the rest of Europe, and the world. I also write for blogs and magazines. Highlights of my career so far include the publication of two novels, being artist in residence at the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Policy & Research Forum, exhibiting my films at La Biennale di Venezia, being awarded the Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellowship by English Heritage and Arts Council England and working in Japan on absolutely anything.
Much of my work involves oratory and storytelling. I’m particularly interested in traditional 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 have extensively researched factual backgrounds; they use scientific or academic forms and research methods, sometimes earnestly, sometimes satirically. I like creepy old mannequins, broken toys, museums, absurdity and making technology do things its manufacturers wouldn’t approve of.
I’m a member of Market Project: professional and economic research by artists. Until 2012 I was an Associate Artist at ArtSway, and I’d worked with them in various capacities since 2002. Then they closed down due to arts funding cuts. This still makes me sad. I’ve collaborated with other artists, writers, designers, actors, architects, scientists and audiences for over ten years. I constantly seek new opportunities to make, exhibit and talk about my work, to perform or do readings, and to forge new and lasting connections with interesting people or places, so I really welcome enquiries and communication. I post regularly on Twitter, and it’s a good place to make contact with me and ask questions if you want to.
2012 exhibitions and performances included: Art on the Underground at Canary Wharf, London; Instituted by Artists at Conway Hall, London; Supernormal Festival of Art and Music in Oxfordshire; Bridport Festival of Culture in Dorset; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Sluice/Hanmi Gallery, London. The Market Project book contains a recent interview with fellow writer and artist Iain Aitch about my work. Find out more at the Market Project site.
In the spring of 2013 Three Times True is being revived for exhibition in London. I’m also working on a script commission, I’m collaborating on a project about artspeak, and I’m developing a new performance lecture work. My critical writing about contemporary art has most recently been published by a-n, Garageland and The Guardian. See Blog/News for the latest updates.