My work investigates the agency and theatricality of objects through the making of performances, films, essays and publications. I ask questions about how performance objects; devices, props, instruments, machines, apparatuses and artefacts are appropriated into the making of art works and encounters in everyday life. Current research explores museum dioramas, floor plans, architectural facades, military decoys, noise cancelling headphones, end of the pier machines, and the weird object world of Donald Trump.
I have written about the bio-objects of Tadeusz Kantor, the scenographic landscapes of Philippe Quesne and Vivarium Studio, and Katrina Palmer's site-specific audio walk The Loss Adjusters for an issue of the Theatre and Performance Design Journal (Routledge) on good vibrations in sound design. I have recently edited an edition of Performance Research on anthropomorphism and objects with Dr Shaun May (Kent) and I presented a performance lecture called Phantom Stages about theatrical floor plans as part of a group show called Hidden Lines of Space in Berlin.
I am currently developing a site-based performance project in response to a number of abandoned Little Chef locations throughout the UK with MAYK (Bristol). My performances play with how narratives and animations are formed between objects, performers and spectators, often working with theatrical props, stage hardware and novelty objects. I have presented work at the National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin), University of Buffalo Department of Art (New York), Mayfest (Bristol), and Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff).
I joined the Fine Art department at Worcester in 2012 as a graduate from Wimbledon College of Art with an MA in Visual Performance (2008) and a PhD in Performance Practice from Aberystwyth University (2014). I am currently third year lead for the BA Fine Art course and I am co-founder of theFabrication Research Group, an interdisciplinary collective of artists, academics and designers who investigate questions and ideas relating to practices and processes of fabrication, concerning both the making of objects and the making of fictions, the construction of things and the narratives told about them. I run a performance platform at the Garage Studios called PiLOT where visiting artists are invited to test out a new piece of work alongside students from the BA Fine Art degree.