I am an artist-academic-curator whose work falls within the territories of live art and interdisciplinary spatial practices.
I generate Practice-as-Research across a range of contexts, for example:
• Where to build the walls that protect us, ACE-funded, Kaleider commission (2013-14), reiterated for Compass Festival, Leeds (2016);
• 4 x 4 Screens, Live Art Development Agency commissioned DVD (2013);
• The Master Plan, Book Works/Situations co-publication, launched at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012);
• SLarristokaupunki, ANTI Festival commission, Finland and Second Life (2009);
• Exeter A-Z, Year Of The Artist commissioned digital interventions aboard Exeter’s bus fleet (2000);
• 2^6, 5 days of live art inspired by John Cage’s diary, funded by ACE and hosted by Spacex Gallery, Exeter (1997);
• for piano solo, National Review of Live Art performance inspired by the work, life and environs of Erik Satie, Glasgow (1994).
I am a core member of Wrights & Sites, four artist-researchers who, for over twenty years, have focused on people’s relationships to places, cities and walking. We employ disrupted walking tactics as tools for playful debate, collaboration, intervention and spatial meaning-making. The outcomes of our work vary from project to project, but frequently include site-specific performance, Mis-Guided Tours (e.g. Stadtverführungen in Wien, Tanzquartier Wien and Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, 2007), published Mis-Guides (e.g. A Mis-Guide To Anywhere, launched ICA, London, 2006, and more recently The Architect-Walker: A Mis-Guide, 2018), ‘drifts’, mythogeographic mapping, public art (e.g. Everything you need to build a town is here for ‘Wonders of Weston’, CABE/Situations, Weston-super-Mare, 2010) or installations (e.g. mis-guided, Belluard Bollwerk International Festival, Fribourg, 2008), as well as public presentations and articles.
I am Professor in Live Art + Spatial Practices at the University of Exeter, where I am an active member of the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices. I was Head of Drama (2012-2018) and University Director of Arts and Culture (2016-2021), responsible for co-authoring and delivering the institution’s Arts and Culture Strategy. I am an adjunct faculty member of the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India, and have contributed to the BA Architecture course at Plymouth University.
I have a history of deep connections with the creative industries, for instance:
• as a resident at the Kaleider studio in Exeter, 2013-present;
• as a trustee of Bristol’s In Between Time, 2017-present;
• as a former Co-Director of REACT (Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology), a £4million-funded AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy (a collaboration between UWE, Watershed, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter), 2013-16;
• as the former theatre, dance and live art curator at Exeter Phoenix, 2001-12;
• as a former member of the New Theatre Architects, an ACE-initiated think-tank that seeks to challenge artists and organisations to think about new models of making and supporting theatre in England, 2003-09;
• as a former board member, critical friend or associate to numerous organisations (e.g. Live Art UK, New Work Network, Spacex Gallery, Wide Awake Devon, b-side festival, Theatre Alibi and Exeter and Devon Arts Centre).