From the underground to the public sphere, from Santa Monica Beach to the High-Lands, from Castañeda to the academy: news of some current and forthcoming events, publications and releases. I’m really excited about these various events and collaborations, so I hope that they are of interest. Do please come along, and do feel free to help spread the word, or to share this with anyone to whom it may be of interest.
ARTISTS IN THE ACADEMY. I’ll be joining chair Deborah Bull, choreographer Jasmin Vardimon, artist Di Mainstone, Professor Philip Crang and Dr Dominic Johnson to discuss the role of artists in the academy, in an event that is presented by The Culture Capital Exchange in partnership with the British Academy as part of this year’s Inside Out Festival. Read more …
Monday 20 October, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, 6.00pm—7.30pm. FREE. BOOKING ON THE BRITISH ACADEMY WEBSITE ESSENTIAL (REGISTRATION NEEDED).
THE CENOTAPH PROJECT AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE. I’ll be giving a live reading following participation in a panel discussion revisiting Stuart Brisley and Maya Balcioglu’s Cenotaph Project (1987-91) with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu and Dr Sanja Perovic (Senior Lecturer in French, King’s College London), chaired by Dr Johanna Malt, in King’s College London’s George Gilbert Scott-designed Chapel, as part of Underground, the King’s College London Arts & Humanities Festival 2014. This event results from a loose collaboration between Balcioglu, Brisley, Perovic and myself that has been made possible by my appointment as creative entrepreneur in residence at King’s College London, supported by CreativeWorks London. Read more …
Friday 24 October, Chapel, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS, 7:00pm—8:30pm. FREE. EVENTBRITE BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Full brochure (PDF) for Arts & Humanities Festival 2014: Underground.
A FRAGMENT FROM THE LIVES OF THE CONQUISTADORS. A psychedelic parable about Cortés presented as a piece of Castañeda apocrypha. This new short story was commissioned for LA artist Steven Hull’s huge Puppet Show performance at last year’s Glow (a triennial, all-nighter arts festival on Santa Monica Beach). The story is now available on a beautiful, yellow vinyl, gatefold LP from Nothing Moments, featuring audio of the story with sounds and music by Petra Haden, Tanya Haden and Anna Huff, Steven Hull and the legendary Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers. A two-fold, full colour pamphlet insert features the full text of my story, plus photos of A Puppet Show at Glow and an interview-essay with all participants by Christopher Schnieders.
Listen to a preview of ‘A Fragment from the Lives of the Conquistadors’ on SoundCloud (12:50)
A Puppet Show LP is now available to buy direct from Rosamund Felsen Gallery, LA, for $25.00 + international postage.
HIGH-LANDS. A new short story that was originally commissioned for radio as part of Remote Performances, a groundbreaking radio project by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm in August 2014. ‘High-Lands’ was broadcast live from Outlandia, London Fieldworks’ amazing artists’ field station high above Glen Nevis in the Highlands of Scotland. The story also draws substantially on research with artist Stuart Brisley, made possible with support from CreativeWorks London. ‘High-Lands’ was performed with live soundscape accompaniment by Johny Brown of the legendary Band of Holy Joy.
Listen to ‘High-Lands’, live from Outlandia (feat. Johny Brown), on my SoundCloud page.
SHACKLETON’S MAN GOES SOUTH. The Science Museum’s giveaway of my latest novel, and the accompanying display in the Atmosphere Gallery, charting the literary and scientific inspiration behind the book, was re-optioned earlier this year by the Museum, and now continues for at least another full year until April 2015. You can obtain the book free in all ebook formats from the Science Museum website, or from a specially developed, touch-screen ‘ebook dispenser’ that is part of the display in the Atmosphere Gallery.
Press about Shackleton’s Man Goes South
MISSORTS. Visitors to Bristol will find that the new edition of the free Bristol walking map — Bristol City Council’s official tear-off guide to getting around, which is available from outlets all over the city — has been updated to prominently feature Missorts, my permanent, GPS-triggered soundwork for the city.
A limited edition paperback of the companion novella Missorts Volume II is available direct from Situations.
Wanted: A New Kind of War Artist. My short argument for Huffington Post back in the summer, on the need for new approaches to talking about climate change and a role for artists and writers within IPCC and climate science sectors in face of the current policy impasse, continues to gather interest and comment. Do please read and share, and watch for developments.
Forthcoming gigs, readings, festival appearances and events are regularly updated on my events page. For review copies, press queries, or if you want to talk to me about doing a reading, a lecture or taking part in an event of some kind please feel free to email me.
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