I’ve begun uploading my sound based works to Bandcamp where they are available free for download in a variety of audio formats.
The first three uploads are ‘Kali Girls’ from the performance ‘Shitter beware the evil eye’ at DKUK in 2013, ‘Six Chairs’ from a performance at Art House Foundation in 2012 and ‘The restoration of the submerged’ from a performance for Focal Point Gallery, Southend in 2012.
Follow the links below to download, they’ll be more added in the near future.
‘Rose’, is an immersive video work specially commissioned for Dilston Grove. The work combines large format text with fast cut images relating to the four elements; water, fire,air and earth.
Moving through increasingly unsettling hypnotic sections, affirmative texts of the kind encountered in self-improvement manual and corporate speak, creep gradually towards something more sinister. This seemingly affirmative, commonly used language contrasting the imaginary landscape of individual aspiration with our real conditions of flawed existence. The work was influenced by interrogation techniques found in the declassified CIA Kubark manual.
The title ‘Rose’ refers to the symbol of the Rosy Cross. The cross features the letter formula INRI, the letters commonly found above the head of Jesus in depictions of the crucifixion and representing the Latin ‘Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum’ in English, Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. However in Esoteric traditions the INRI formula has many alchemical interpretations many relating to cleansing or renewal. For instance ‘Igne Natura Renovatur Integra’ (Nature is completely renewed by Fire’) or ‘In Neci Renascor Integer’ (In death one is reborn intact and pure). The formula is also attributed to the Hebrew words Iam, Nur, Ruakh and Ieveshah, which represent the four elements water, fire, air and earth. The soundtrack for the work is an original piece written and performed by Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, using a 7.1 Surround Sound.
Tickets for this show are priced at £12 and are available from the following links:
The final work produced during my stay in Toronto was this banner in Yorkville. The banner was produced after group sessions with Oasis Skateboard Factory a remarkable alternative school design program at Scadding Court Community Centre. The group and I worked together to produce texts relating to issues of urban change and gentrification, arriving at the final text ‘Tomorrow should be ours.’
Apparently local resident Drake liked the piece!
In addition to the banner project, using photography by the group I produced a series of 4 posters splitting the ‘Tomorrow should be ours’ text into separate words and allowing for different permutations of the text.
Big thanks to Craig and Lauren and all at OSF and to Darren for being my guide and to Minto for generously sponsoring the project.