Research is central to everything I do. I love archives! There is so much knowledge held in the past which informs and drives my work. I also spend a lot of time exploring sites, talking to people and specialists. I find research also manifests as enquiry into current and contemporary situations that help me to understand why things are as they are. Through this understanding, novel ideas and ways of working are suggested and new solutions found to current and recurrent issues.
workshops & residencies in 2017 & 2018
During 2017 and into 2018 I was able to take part in several workshops and residencies organised by other artists. These have proved invaluable as ways of learning about different ways of working, conducting research and connecting with new people and ideas.
It began brilliantly with a residential workshop, 'Place Exploration', convened by Dr Bram Thomas Arnold and delivered with Davis & Jones at Kestle Barton in Cornwall in November 2017. A 5 day practice-based research residency examined Kestle Barton through ecological and autoethnographic lenses including workshops, lectures, peer-to-peer debate, screenings and interactions with the land.
The following week I was in London taking part in a 5 day course at the Institute for Historical Research, Univeristy of London in 'Methods and Sources for Historical Research' which was amazing, taking us to numerous archives and collections including the Women's and TUC Librarys, National Archives and the Wellcome Collection.
In June 2018 I took part in a 6 day residential field recording course at Glenshee in the Scottish Cairngorms. 'Murmuration#1' was organised and delivered by field recordists, Jez Riley French and Chris Watson and was truly awe inspiring. We spent 20 hours a day working with sound, making recordings, discussing ideas, hearing from guest artists. I'm hoping to go again in 2019.
Immediately after this I was part of Low profile's 'Jamboree' at Dartington Hall in Devon. A fantastic experience with 150 other artist, curators, producers and writers camping and living together for 4 days. Low Profile created a platform for participants to contribute and shape the event, genuinely enabling a multi-authored event.
In August I took part in Simon Persighetti and Katie Etheridge's 'Twin Town', one of Live Art Development Agencies' DIY sessions this year. Again, a wonderfully intense opportunity to meet new practitioners and explore different ways of developing and delivering ideas.
And later in the month I was a participant at EOTWG's (End of the World Garden) 'Beyond the Fields' event devised and led by Paul Chaney and Lauren Holt which brought together around 30 people to discuss the nature of transdisciplinary research and art/science collaborations. Highly thought provoking we are exploring ways of keeping the collective conversations going.