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);
• 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 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), ‘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 Associate Professor in Live Art + Spatial Practices, Head of Drama and Director of Arts + Culture at the University of Exeter, where I am an active member of the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices and have taught on the BA Art History and Visual Culture course. 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 am a resident at the Kaleider studio in Exeter.
I am well connected to industry, for instance:
• as Co-Director of REACT (Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology), one of four AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy (a collaboration between UWE, Watershed, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter);
• as Associate Curator (Live Art) at Exeter Phoenix (where I was formerly the Performance Curator for over eleven years);
• as a 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;
• as a Live Art UK Associate;
• as a former board member or critical friend to numerous organisations (e.g. New Work Network, Wide Awake Devon, b-side festival and Theatre Alibi).