A digital poetry installation across three of the former homes of Dorothy and William Wordsworth, The Living Stone reflects on the different ways in which language shapes experiences of the Lake District. Visitors to Dove Cottage, Allan Bank and Rydal Mount can search for bird names engraved on slates and message them to 07858 382728 to receive poems relating to each site. The poems combine material from the Wordsworths’ notebooks with the words of fell runners, notices to airmen, weather forecasts, and the hum of social media to investigate the connections between writing and place.
The Living Stone was created with technologists from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, in partnership with Lancaster University, the Wordsworth Trust, the National Trust and Rydal Mount. It was possible thanks to funding from PETRAS and the EPSRC. Text messages are charged at standard network rates.
The Listening Wood is a site-specific installation and digital poetic walk around fourteen of Hampstead Heath’s ancient and veteran trees. Visitors to Golders Hill Park are able to interact with the work via either sms or thelisteningwood.com to generate a poetic record of their encounter with the trees, recalling the Romantic tradition of the Heath.
The Listening Wood is the result of a collaboration with computer scientists from Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, and the City of London Corporation arborists. It was possible thanks to funding from PETRAS and the EPSRC. Text messages are charged at standard network rates.
The cross that marks the border between Esztergom, Hungary and Štúrovo, Slovakia can be read in the classical convention of music notation as a ghost note, that is, a percussive note with no discernible pitch. For this project, musicians in both towns and internationally interpreted the found score, with their responses integrated into an audio loop.
Ghost note was created and exhibited as part of an arts residency as the 43rd Bridge Guard between April-June 2018, supported by the Štúrovo Cultural Association. Giclée print and looped audio, dimensions 119 cm x 84 cm, duration 07’34”.
A series conceived and created in snatched moments following the birth of my second child. This recording is the result of a collaboration with sound engineer and musician, Nick Trepka, duration 2’12”.
A telenovela (Brazilian soap opera) based on Herbert Read’s political sci-fi, ‘The Green Child’ (1935), played out between actors in London and Rio de Janeiro against the backdrop of London’s Olympic landscape using blue-screen technology. All three episodes were performed before studio audiences on board the Floating Cinema (London) and at CASA 24 (Rio de Janeiro), and live streamed via UP Projects’ website on 30th July, 2016. Contracorrente / Upstream was conceived by Leah Lovett and created by Leah Lovett and Maria Eugenia Lombardini in partnership with UP Projects and Foundation for Future London with performers Freddie King, Raphael dos Santos, and Farelis Silva (Rio de Janeiro) Rocio Galan, Tessa Parr, and Rafael Pereira (London). Running duration (3 episodes), approx. 60’00”.
A live set and audio recording of experimental music and sound inspired by Crossrail. Five Newham-based artists and musicians each responded to one leg of the train journey from Liverpool Street – Ilford. In journey order, they were Lindsay West & James Russo, -hyfn, Rob DesRoches & Stew Simpson, Sally Labern and Paddy Conn. The first live set with the Project Platform band (Grace Banks, Alain Man and Prithpal Singh) took place at Coffee7, Forest Gate, on 22 September, 2016. The recording sound engineer was Nick Trepka. Project Platform was conceived and coordinated by Lloyd Jeans and Leah Lovett with support from Newham Council, MTR-Crossrail and the Estate of Mary Eileen Jeans. Performance duration approx. 20 minutes.
A light installation featuring songs about light from the British Isles, broadcast on 87.9FM. Light Transmission was commissioned by Wellcome Collection with UCL for Bloomsbury Festival 2015 Radio equipment supplied by RPL Radio. Sound engineering by Nick Trepka. Dimensions variable, programme duration 1’16″05.
A performance that brought together musicians and audiences in Brazil and the UK for an experimental live performance of songs censored in both countries between 1964-1985. These dates mark the duration of the military dictatorship in Brazil. The music performed included songs by the Beatles, Chico Buarque, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Gilberto Gil, the Sex Pistols, Caetano Veloso and more. Contra Band was commissioned by UP Projects, Somewhere and Live Art Development Agency for the Floating Cinema 2014 Extra-International programme, London, and Casa 24, Rio de Janeiro. Duration 60’00”.
Performance and limited edition print for performers, commissioned for A Small Hiccup at Grand Union, Birmingham and touring.
A group makes a loop from a gallery space, through the city, a shopping centre, the Bullring, an industrial park, and back again. We move at arms’-length from one another, and from others who move through the group. We clap. When one rhythm connects we listen, still clapping, for a different rhythm to take hold.
I am surprised by how many join in. A driver hoots his horn. A swagger of twenty-something men up for a Friday night jeer, “YOU’RE ALL A BUNCH OF WANKERS”, then clap. They laugh. We laugh. A couple at the traffic lights joins the group for as long as our routes coincide. Others don’t appear to notice us at all. A man smiles and, bringing hands together, sets us off on a different beat. A police car tacks alongside. Then, for a moment, looking up, birds flock directly overhead.
Performance and combative game. Three camouflaged agents draw salt boundaries on a gallery floor, gradually claiming as much space as possible, then sweep up and redraw their territory whenever a member of the audience crosses the boundary-line. Created by TRIPOD for Platform 1 at Camden Art Centre, duration variable.
The result of a collaboration with Teign Diving Centre, this project comprises audio from a hydrophonic (underwater microphone) recording of the 1918 shipwrecked Bretagne; wall-text echoing stories from contemporary divers drawn to the site; and series of ink, pencil and beeswax drawings inspired by the Greco-Roman myth of the Sirens. Commissioned for A Cirlcle, Plymouth, 2011.
Performance in which an actor relays news feeds streamed from Reuters’ UK website whilst drinking from a selection of Three Barrels brandy, Gordons gin, Smirnoff vodka and Famous Grouse whiskey, duration variable.
Performance of a woman, played by 36 women, waiting on a platform. The character is based on the woman depicted by Paul Day in his monumental sculpture, The Meeting Place, commissioned for the reopening of St. Pancras above. Duration 12 hours, performed in 20 minute intervals.
Script, performance for two actors who follow all of the unspoken text from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Lluisa Cunille’s The Meeting, each one directing and directed by the other, duration variable.
Rise, a vocal interpretation of sea-level data, was performed on 22nd February, 2017 for the opening of The Intercontinental, an exhibition of works by Slade PhD students responding to the Post-Truth Society at Roaming Room, London.
Collaborated with Maria Euginia Lombardini (Argentina/Brazil) on Contracorrente ∞ Upstream, a Rio de Janeiro / London telenovela based on Herbert Read’s 1934 political sci-fi, ‘The Green Child’. See UP Projects for more information.
Light Transmission aired on 87.9 FM in and around the Wellcome Collection between 22nd-25th October, 2015 as part of the Bloosmbury Festival 2015 event, Playing with Light. Commissioned by the Wellcome Collection with UCL, Light Transmission is a light installation that charts a changing relationship to visible light, featuring music from the middle ages to the present day by artists from around the British Isles. More information here.
Beam is a new interactive sound and light installation created in collaboration with musician and physicist Geoff Cottrell. It was displayed on 9th November, 2015 as part of Perpetuo’s chamber music concert, Heavenly Sights, an evening of music inspired by space, flight and motion. More information and booking here.
Participated in the Two Degrees Festival at Arts Admin, and joined the Family Activist Network (FAN), a Europe-wide network of artist families planning actions for Cop21. More information about the Two Degrees Festival here and about FAN here.
I travelled to Denver and Montreal in June 2014 to present performance work at Counterpath Press, Denver and the Hemi Encuentro, Montreal, with support from the Arts Council England AIDF and a Jean Spencer and Malcolm Hugues Award from the Slade.