I am delighted that my new solo show, The Violent Justice in My Heart, will be a part of the Grow Festival at Hull Truck Theatre (on the 24th June). It’s part autobiography and part theatrical documentary – a response to the difficult choices we make about violence, terrorism and war. It’s serious, but I think it’s exciting too. I’m looking forward to hearing what people think. http://www.hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on?action=view&id=927
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‘.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.