I’m a writer and artist, or an artist and writer. Since the late 90s I have made and shown visual arts work across Britain and internationally. My work is diverse, encompassing video, animation, installation, photography, text, performance, sound works, programming, electronics, roleplaying / alternate reality games and various hybrid genres or formats derived from them. These commissions and self-initiated works have 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. Group exhibitions include New Forest Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia 2005, Blink at Gasworks Gallery, London in 2006, Broadcast Yourself at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle and Cornerhouse, Manchester 2008, Art on the Underground in London 2012, plus many other shows and festivals in the UK, Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Canada, the United States and Japan.
Much of my work involves oratory and storytelling. Interests and influences on my work include physics and life sciences (and the fringe or pseudo-sciences that exist in the mainstream’s shadow), science fiction, traditional and contemporary folklore, little-known aspects of history, psychology, psychiatry, and the esoterica and Forteana of Britain, Europe and Asia. Recent works have extensively researched and documented factual backgrounds, using scientific or academic forms and research methods either earnestly or satirically.
I have been artist in residence for New Media Scotland, the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2007) and Contemporary Art Terminal, He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen, China (2007), among others. 2004-2005 I was the recipient of an Arts Council England / English Heritage Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellowship, along with Semiconductor and the German artist Robert Scheipner. 2009-2010 I devised and toured the performance lecture with live video and actual necromancy Magickal Realism, inspired by the life and work of Elizabethan polymath John Dee. Yes, long before Damon Albarn did his sodding opera about exactly the same subject and got so much press for it that even my mum said “hey, it looks like they ripped off your show.” At the start of 2011 I was artist in residence at KINO KINO Senter for Kunst og Film in Norway, where I made the filmed and live performance versions of Stendhal Syndrome and Abyssinian Gold (Vexations, After Henry De Vere Cole).
I’m the author of many short stories, reviews, critical texts and two published novels (Their Heads Are Anonymous and Monkey Boys). Uncanny Valley: Collected Short Stories was published in 2008. In October 2010 Career Suicide was published— it’s a non-fiction book about the practicalities of working as an artist when you’re not considered famous, controversial and/or cool, and don’t want to be. Future works include another novel and a sequel to Career Suicide. My writing about art has appeared in various magazines or newspapers and online including a-n and The Guardian, in exhibition catalogues, and in other commissioned exhibition publications.
I was an Associate Artist at ArtSway gallery until the Arts Council murdered them. I am still an artist member of the Contemporary Art Society. I’m also a founding member of the economic and professional research group for artists in the East of England, Market Project: in April 2012 we published a book about the artists in the group, with new commissioned texts by British art writers.
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I also write another blog that’s much more popular than this one because instead of being about contemporary art, it’s about disco, Nazis, robots, and James Joyce’s porno letters to his wife, among other random things.