top of page
Graphic works, installation.
Cities/Staircases: scenes from the edge of the world
Exhibited at the Coantivirus digital Exhibition. NY20+ Gallery (Chengdu, China), 2021. Exhibited at "Apropos of Aesthetics" Virtual Reality Exhibition, 2021. These 20 panels were created after a month of the UK lockdown, in April 2020. The panels show fragments of imagined spaces, streets, cities, skylines, staircases - abstractions of the ordinary in daily life, thrown into a disparate narrative of uncertainty. The work inhabits the realm of trace and memory of spaces previously inhabited - a dreamscape of forms beyond the now, at the edge of the world.
Seals is a set of small folded pieces created for Lizzie Donegan's exhibition by post. Each artist created a piece of work which was sent in the post to the other, who exhibited it in their house for two days and documented the exhibition. The artists then had a debrief conversation reflecting on the experience.
Graphic Score, Open Ensemble
A study in notation and illustration. In Ecosystem I, players explore and improvise from a two-panel scene of flora in the undergrowth, following their own path through "not-quite" notation and fragments of manuscript. First performed by Ensemble Academy of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag at Dag in de Branding Festival, Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag, NL, June 2019.
Monument is a work with multiple performance incarnations and media objects. At its core is a two-page text generated from encyclopaedia entries on the western arts disciplines, manipulated and re-ordered with additional imagery. The graphic score version of the piece, which incorporates the text into a painted scroll, was created for Italian violinist Silvia Tarozzi, and is divided into seven open-ended movements. I. the First Movement – Breathe Permit yourself to breathe (just breathe). II. the Second Movement – Observe Observe (with the eyes, the ears, the body, the breath): the largeness of strokes, the wholeness of forms, vast gesture, giant shapes, architecture. III. the Third Movement – Dig Take your tool and begin to dig. Uncover the layers of history in a centimetre. Feel the traces of movement and thought. Widen your search. Open the cavity of time. Pause for breath. IV. the Fourth Movement – Follow Allow the eye to lead the arm, the hand, the fingers, the feet. Scan freely. Change direction. Fall over. Run around. Where do you find yourself? V. the Fifth Movement – Speak Dive into nonsense. Fragment your language. Conjure images and words. Babble and recite poetically. Can you speak when your eyes are closed? Mumble. VI.the Sixth Movement – Collapse Shatter the world you have built. Break the things you have made sacred. Close up. Hide your treasures. Let no-one see you. VII.the Seventh Movement – Read (only once) Read left to right (or right to left, or up to down, or down to up) in full, then close. The text features in INTIMACIES, read as part of a chorus in the track "Monument". The standalone text was featured in the MASS Collection and performed in recitation in Where's the Flour (Quarantine Concert, Brutalust and SavileCal), and can be viewed below.
Scores for Movement
Scores for Movement is a series of graphic panels for interpretation through dance, movement of people, or the movement of objects.
Performance premiere at Bauhaus Dessau, DE. Ronan Whittern (Bassoon) Nathan Watts (Cello), February 2020. Extracts (images) featured in The Gathering Zine (London, Design Museum) 2020. Parchments (functional apparatus) is an assemblage of three painted scores (black Japanese ink on 300gsm cream cartridge, 29.7 x 42.0cm), layered in eight different configurations and backlit by LED. The work draws conceptually on histories of tattooing, of mark-making, vellum inscription and trace, and explores the idea of layers of memories and wisdom(s) held in the 'skin' - of bodies, of instruments, of buildings, of communities. How do we hold the memories of the things that have touched us? What does it mean to touch and sound? The work can be explored by 1 - 3 movers or instrumentalists in an improvisation capacity. All eight panels should be utilised in performance. Performance should be between 10 and 30 minutes long. Scores can either be printed, and laid in any grid or linear configuration on the floor, or projected, one-by-one onto the wall or floor (if this is the case, care should be taken to ensure that colour distortion is not too evident).
Studies in Black and White
Solo Piano, Graphic Score
Studies in Black and White is a series of 18 graphic panels in black and white, for interpretation by pianist on solo piano. Produced through dialogues with Puerto-Rican-American pianist, improviser and researcher Maria Sappho.
Pathways is a series of three short graphic panels for solo instrument, to be interpreted at sight in performance. It was premiered by Gregor Forbes at Artisans of Piano Music, the Glasgow Experimental Music Series in 2018, and has subsequently been interpreted by 1.5 Months in 2019.
bottom of page