2 December 2018

Time Grids - explosive

One of a series of tests for new work, which I am excited to be making over Christmas!

16 June 2018

1000 Pauses - Harena Project

I have made 1000 of these over the past week. They are part of an installation I am showing at RDV in Nantes. This is an attempt at materialise what 'paused' time might look and feel like. They are thermochromatic so that they will colour change over a day as the sun passes by the work through the window. That is the plan.

5 June 2018

Smell The City at the London Museum

For one night only as part of the museum's celebration of their 'Fatberg' exhibition, my Smell the City installation a fake museum of sewer fat, was on show at the real Museum of London. 4th June 2018.

27 May 2018

Cloacina - Smell the City Detail

Smell the City detail. The logo of the South London Underground Department of Geopotation and Effluence. It depicts Cloacina the Roman goddess of sewers and cleansing.

21 February 2018

Visit to an Anechoic Chamber 21/02/2018

To get the full effect in an anechoic chamber the door has to been wheeled shut. It is approx 20cm thick concrete with 50 cm thick foam padding. Once closed, the only sounds are the ones in your body. #Harena

1 January 2018

You Own Everything, Everything is Yours

It took six months and ended up being a team effort with my mum, but I made this embroidery for my daughter as a graduation present. The phrase comes from her favourite film 'One Night in Paris' a seminal 80s documentary about the vogueing scene in New York.

28 December 2017

The Twelve Minute Pilgrimage - version 2

The Twelve Minute Pilgrimage (2017)

The Twelve Minute Pilgrimage (2017) detail
The Twelve Minute Pilgrimage: Abrasion
(Metal cabinet, canvas shoes, down jacket, 'The Smell of Reassurance')
Add The Twelve Minute Pilgrimage: Residue
(Metal cabinet, photograph of LED light, 'The Smell of Reassurance')

16 July 2017

Lost and Found

Its funny when you find something you did ages ago and forgotten. I found this on my You tube channel complete with short essay...

If people and their attachment to place is what makes a site a place as opposed to a space, what happens when the people leave? In my paper 'Should Simulated Environments When Used as Empathic Design Tools be Considered Spaces or Places?' I explored how sites are given meaning by people and their interactions with it.

One of the strands I looked at was how memory and place are intertwined. I photographed the house I grew up in, just before my family moved out of it. It is odd looking at images which for me are still loaded with meaning, knowing that for other people they mean nothing. For the guy that bought the house, this is how he found it when he moved in... so for him it is the point at which he started to create his own attachments and 'sense of place'.

I remember the epic task of stripping all the wood in the house when we first moved there... the smell of hot air strippers always reminds me of that... the funny people in the grain on the back of the bathroom door... would recognise that door anywhere... the ridge on the hallway wall... the view from my bed room window (later my sister's room where she carved her name in the window sill)... the marks on the door made by the dog... the kitchen table my sister drew a spider into... the same table on which we made hot cross buns whilst watching 'Born Free' on the tv... the pantry that was there and then knocked down...and how I made ginger beer that exploded and made everything in the pantry sticky... the arched window through which I tried to give my then very little sister a snow ball but dropped in down the back of the tv breaking it...

So I guess all these things do still exist, but only as Bachelard suggests in 'Poetics of Space' in our memories.... as for him a house is a container of memories. The sense of place that we who lived in the house made... each of us having our own particular sense of the place... are memories because we can't actually access the site.... if we could access the house, I guess some of the place attachment would remain even if the house is materially very changed.