Storytelling and the General Election

I started writing something about storytelling and politics.  And then I couldn’t stop.  It jumps from Ira Glass to Jerome Bruner to Adam Curtis to Hannah Arendt.  So there’s something for everyone… It’s called ‘I am who you are‘.

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Sharing experiences of life after stroke

I went to meet with a Stroke Association Communication Support Group this week – talking about what life is like after stroke.  It was pretty humbling.  The conversation was the first stage of a project that seeks to find ways of representing some of those experiences using storytelling, dance and music.   I will be collaborating with the saxophonist Jesse Bannister and the dancer Annika Kompart.

There will be a presentation of work in development in the Donald Roy Theatre at the University of Hull on April 21st at 7:30pm.  It will be followed by a discussion with the audience and stake-holders.

This project is kindly supported by the Ferens Educational Trust.

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The Violent Justice in Our Hearts @ Hull Truck

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I was pleased (and nervous) to present the first draft my new piece, The Violent Justice in Our Hearts, in the Hull Truck rehearsal room on Wednesday.  I got some lovely and helpful feedback from the game and sympathetic crew that came to watch.  Very much looking forward to presenting the finished item at the Grow Festival in June.  Slightly panicking about having to learn 6000 words – even if I did write them.

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The Surfaces of Understanding @ Ferens Art Gallery in Hull

On Wednesday (7th January 2015) I’m installing my new piece The Surfaces of Understanding at the Ferens Art Gallery. It is a 3D audio video piece presenting an integrated portrait of five different people. It will be in the foyer of the Live Art Space and is free.

Skin and facial health therapist Dr Katerina Steventon has provided an accompanying guide to the piece which encourages participants to make links between the installation and other works in the Ferens’ collection.

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Being Human Festival Starts Today!

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The Being Human Festival starts today. My piece, A Roving Soul: Walking the City with Walter Benjamin, is the University of Hull’s contribution. It’s a loose adaptation of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, inviting you to put on headphones and take a walk through urban space. It asks you to look at the city through Benjamin’s eyes and become the roving soul expressed in his philosophy.

Download the file here, get some headphones and get walking! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/roving-soul-university-hull/id940073753?mt=2

Thanks to the University of Hull, the School of Advanced, Study, University of London, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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The Surfaces of Understanding

I was happy to present my new immersive video piece at the Thinking With John Berger conference in Cardiff this week. I got some lovely feedback – including a spontaneous hug. This is the start of a longer term project looking at virtual reality technology and the representation of subjectivity. I am looking forward to installing the piece in the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull at the start of 2015.
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A Roving Soul: Walking the City with Walter Benjamin

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I am very pleased that my upcoming audio walk, A Roving Soul, has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy as part of the 2014 Being Human Festival (15-23 November).

The piece will invite listeners to take a walk through an urban environment of their choice, accompanied by the German philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin. The piece will use creative sound design (by Hana Walker-Brown) to frame a variety of oral reflections on Benjamin’s unfinished The Arcades Project.  Contributing scholars include Mike Jennings, Dick McCaw, Susan Buck-Morss and Esther Leslie (among others).

A Roving Soul will encourage participants to see the urban environment through Benjamin’s eyes, bringing to life his attempt to make sense of the city’s fractured history and landscape.   The piece will be made available as a free mp3 file on the University of Hull website and as a podcast on iTunes at the start of the Being Human Festival.

Follow @beinghumanfest  and http://beinghumanfestival.org/ for updates

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