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, television and the stage, in art galleries, at film festivals, in print and on the net. I make and show work across Britain and internationally. Group exhibitions include ‘New Forest Pavilion’ at La Biennale di Venezia 2005, ‘Blink’ at Gasworks Gallery, London in 2006, ‘Broadcast Yourself’ at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle and Cornerhouse, Manchester 2008, plus many other shows and festivals in the UK, Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the United States and Japan. 2005-2008 I spent quite a lot of time living and working in Japan and China.
Much of my work involves oratory and storytelling in one form or another, sometimes in the form of performance lectures or roleplaying. 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 and they use scientific or academic forms and research methods, either earnestly or satirically.
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 2012, having worked with them in various ways since 2002. Read more about ArtSway Associates here. I’m also an Artist Member of the Contemporary Art Society. See my portfolio on their site here.
My page at Artfacts. I’m usually about the 27,740th most significant artist in the world according to them. I don’t know if you can imagine how thrilling it is to be in the lower fifth of a listing of the top 30,000 artists in the world… but despite my sarcasm and mockery it’s definitely still better than being the poor bastard at number 235,248, the current lowest position. The art world can be vile, sometimes.
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I’m very slowly working on a new novel. 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.
Since 2010 I’ve worked collaboratively on Market Project, a diverse group of East Anglian artists and curators who support artists and each other, and research ways for artists to make a more sustainable living from their work. Public events for artists and other arts professionals took place at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, shortly to be followed by another in Cambridge and then one in Colchester. This artist-led and artist-centred research project is funded by Arts Council England via the Eastern region’s Escalator scheme.
I have a blog for random, non work-related writing: ADOXOBLOG.
I also have a blog for reviewing and commenting on art exhibitions and events: Career Suicide, which continues some of the themes I write about in the book of the same name.
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, 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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