This page puts together a short history of my artwork related to text and performance, as well as editing and publishing.
In 2008 and 2009, in Leeds, I collaborated with Kimbal Quist Bumstead who’s work at the time was predominantly performance based. Through working with him I realised there was a live aspect to the way I wanted to express my ideas too. This ended up with us presenting work after a residency in a dingy but suitable squat in Hackney. We had to pick dog shit up off the floor first but it was worth it.
Art writing research
Also in 2013 I was invited to co-edit the artist-led pamphlet series Gnommero with Sarah Tripp. This was my first stab at editing other artist’s texts (or art writing), running alongside the organisation of live text-led events. I presented my own published written work along with video and sound at live events.
In 2015 I took on an art writing research residency with Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. I developed a long-form text that I would later turn into a sound artwork and delivered a two-day workshop with students from ECA on writing for performance. Furthermore, I produced an event based on the idea of live readings and direct critique as a form of editing. Also, I produced a performance to wrap up the event; a reading of text spliced with photographic slide projection and superimposed digital projection.
Later in 2015 I started my MFA at Glasgow School of Art. After trying my best to keep a performance element going, I ended up gaining skills in sound recording and mixing. Consequently, I became more interested in creating sound art grounded in voiceovers, along with sculpture and video elements.
In 2016 I collaborated with choreographer Riccardo Buscarini for an exhibition in Summerhall’s Laboratory Gallery, in Edinburgh, called In Parting Glass. To end the exhibition we developed a performance around object-related memory and idiosyncrasies discovered through shared interests. Furthermore, we looked at the manipulation of the body as a laboratory subject and the body as an archive.
Text and performance events for others
In 2018 I worked with Glasgow Zine Fest (now Glasgow Zine Library) a programme launch event at CCA Glasgow. It was a multidisciplinary event involving poetry readings, art writing performance, art performance in general, and film screenings. The venue was small and it was completely packed. But the event was joyful and it threaded itself together because of the presence of the audience.
Later in 2018 I started to work with Simone Hutchinson on Mycelia magazine (Hedera Felix). I was thinking more about how multidisciplinary events that looked beyond just reading text were a way to bring together literary and art audiences. I presented a ‘looser’ performance at Mycelia Issue 2’s launch party at ROST in Glasgow, in August 2019.