Dover, Dunkerque

2 Oct 2013

Nicolette Picheral’s performance on 28 and 29 September of Between Beacon and Shaft in Dover’s Drop Redoubt, built to repel Napoleon and from where you can see France, was full of rich metaphorical references to borders – divisions between peoples and lands. And the soundscape created by Colin Hinds was exceptional.

Borders are there to divide but also, necessarily, to define, as Nanne Meyer pointed out in her excellent start to a discussion with cultural actors from France and the UK, organised by DAD, around a table at the White Cliffs Visitor Centre in the evening on 28th.

I was back in Dunkerque on Monday, taking part in the Dunkerque 2013 Culture Forum and talking about how the organisations within the trans-maritime area that includes the Nord pas de Calais and Kent can understand the sea as a connector rather than a divider. Discussions ranged from the philosophical – touching the “other” to better know the “self” – to the practical – what can we actually do together.

Visit to Dunkerque, France

17 Sep 2013

Dunkerque at night from the Lighthouse where I went to a performance of Entre Phare et Shaft/Between Beacon and Shaft.  Nicolette Picheral tells a fable about a mysterious beacon: beacons because they mark the point at which the land becomes liquid and the water becomes land. Colin Hinds on electric guitar created some very subtle sounds – quite unusual. The performance is also coming to Dover and will be in English.

Come as you Go

29 Apr 2013

Collapsed Grids was selected by Áine Belton for “Come As You Go” at Crate, Margate. (Photo: Áine Belton)

A show consisting of transitory works, using the site as a precursor to a series of events and publications to come. Site, relation, materials, displacement, these are some avenues explored whilst trying to unveil a common thread in the approach of practices.

The aim of the exhibition is to temporarily establish a common ground, uniting sites using materials and artists that are not present. Common ground is established over the duration of the show. From start to finish, the exhibition is itself a work in progress. Works in progress, happening and developing in the space. The ‘link’, although temporary, will be recorded and examined as the output of an exhibition. Exhibition will serve as a temporal document.” (Áine Belton)

Preview: 26 April, 6-8pm. 26 April,  Open: 27 April 12-5pm.

Crate Studio and Project Space, 1 Bilton Square Margate CT9 1EE

Come as you go press

Interview with Gary Shipley

29 Mar 2013

Gary Shipley of Script Journal interviewed me about my work. You can read it here. In it we talk about the impossibility of anonymity, absence, practice, erasure …

“…really interesting for someone like me; who has seen your work and enjoys it, but doesn’t necessarily know what your specific concerns are. A real insight and clearly and simply expressed, which is helpful for dyslexics like me!”

“Thanks so much for sending me the interview with the illustrations – I think it’s fabulous! Wonderfully interesting although I confess a fair bit of it is over my head”

“A great article …. I find a real connection with what you say about celebrating the error, and not starting something if you know exactly how it’s going to look when it’s finished. …. Your pictures look really beautiful by the way.”

I was genuinely moved by a lot of what you said. The bit about getting to a point of pain really made sense to me. I love what you say about memory, I feel it that way too. It is very visceral and we are carrying it around with us, constantly transforming somehow while staying intact. The work becomes even more beautiful when you know the background and the journey. You put it brilliantly. Really great interview. Thanks for sharing.”

“Have just found the time to read your interview in ‘script’ and look at the new work. Its coming on fabulously, I really like the broken grid pieces and the ‘sieve’ works, extremely evocative, confident and very beautiful. I particularly like the calligraphy accompanying the lattice works.”