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A Relatively Short Sojourn in Egypt

A Relatively Short Sojourn in Egypt My unexpected invitation from Mazen El Gharabawy, president of the Sharm El Sheikh International Festival for Youth (SITFY) to represent the UK on the Jury for the Ensemble Production proved to be an enlightening, inspiring and transformational experience for me. Like most people, I was feeling the heavy load of my impotence regarding the …

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Part Three

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Dartington Hall June 2022 (Part Three). We got drenched with Sarah Hyde leading a Participatory Movement Ritual in another meadow. We were drenched in dreaming and the silence of grasses. It reminded me of times as a child when I just gave in to the rain and got wet through. The session was a deep work …

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Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Part Two

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Dartington Hall June 2022 (Part Two). In Part One I wrote mainly covered Sunday and Monday of the Symposium with an extension into the rest of the period to account for the Amerta thread of work running through from the Animate-in-Animate Collective. Tuesday morning was focused on getting through my Disrupted Meadow presentation in Studio 6. …

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Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Part One

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Dartington Hall June 2022 (Part One).[1] I didn’t expect to be accepted to participate in this. I was pleasantly surprised by the ‘Yes’ to my presentation Disrupted Meadow and additionally thrilled to be asked to be on the Nature Speaking Nature Writing Panel[2] led by Triarchy Press. Will I get it together for the symposium? Back …

The Gift Horse – on volunteering

The Gift Horse – on volunteering The casualisation of the creative workforce is like the pandemic. It is highly contagious, spreading fast and creating a sub-culture of artists, makers and artist-academics who are not only taken for granted but are being utterly exploited and expected to be grateful for that exploitation. Having several years experience working in sometimes unpaid collaborations …

Disrupted Meadow – Strata June 2021

Disrupted Meadow – Strata June 2021 I am in Charmouth again, on Stonebarrow, again, and it is around the time Matt Hancock gets into a bit of bother. Life is like a meadow and it can get disrupted. Careers get disrupted. Journeys get disrupted. A death is disruptive. I begin my presentation with a poem: Sky is Meadow I am …