one on one:
Natal (Idea in Gestation)
An intimate performance exploring the conception, nurturing and development of a creative idea, from inspiration through to fruition, using the visual metaphor of a pregnancy.
Addressing issues and concerns that any creative mind will have encountered when undertaking a project; the initial pride of having the inspiration, decisions on development, potential of collaboration etc. The performance takes the form of a dramatic monologue delivered directly to the surrounding audience, inviting, if not forcing, them to partake on this journey and share responsibility with the performer.
This piece is a work in progress, with an aim to be developed into a full length piece with the help of fund and artist residencies.
Trace video of the projected video output:
This multimedia performance is concerned with the idea of layering, not only of multimedia with sound and video looping but also the layers applied daily to my face. Examining the metamorphosis that the face undergoes, the rigorous procedures performed to prepare the visage for the outside world, creating a state of flux and suggesting a fluidity of persona.
The piece can be presented as either a fixed timed performance or as a continuous durational installation.
Here are some of the audience's answers, when asked hypothetically what they would give in exchange for the performance:
Worth of Service
You are invited for a foot washing
‘Worth of Service’ is an intimate one on one performance treating you to a cleansing encounter. Together we will explore the ways in which we rate and value acts of service, and consider the motivation behind labours that require no monetary compensation.
In this place, in my place, what position will you take?
In relation to the issue of suffering "why does it happen?" can be irrelevant, more important is the question 'what am I going to do about it?'
Exploring the ideas of suffering and empathy, in a safe and secure environment in which all choices are confidential, this is a task based one on one performance in which the audience cannot remain passive.
“A tour de force of durational performance art revealing a mature and exciting new talent”
— Gill Foster
A public durational performance installation.
I fill a small space with cables, mounds and mounds of tangled cables, cables that work, are useful and very valuable - if they weren't all tangled together. In their current state they are obsolete and have been left to gather dust. I sort them out, I keep going until they are all done. On display to the public, they can see the show progression throughout the day.
It takes 8 hours.
Some observations from during the performance:
09:45 - People on their way to work watch as I fill the window with cables.
10:00 - More cables than I'd realised. Now that I'm in the door won't open, I'm more or less trapped.
11:10 - It's quite therapeutic, following the cables as they weave in and out of each other. A massive puzzle.
12:15 - 2 hours in and the hooks I was hanging untangled cables on has just fallen down. Now I'm sorting on top of the mess, doesn't feel or look like any progress.
13:00 - I usually get really frustrated and impatient untangling cables, but I know I'm here for the long run so just taking it slow, taking my time and enjoying the task.
13:10 - People on their lunch break come to see my progress and sympathise with me.
14:45 - Everything here is so obsolete unplugged, unable to serve it's purpose, simply because it's tangled and no one has the time to untangle them.
15:10 - Considering all the other potential uses for these cables, I could weave them together on a loom?
15:33 - My hands are really hurting, rope burn, dust, and a few sharp broken wires.
16:30 - I'm starting to rush now, didn't think it would take this long. Doesn't seem to be getting much easier.
17:10 - Rushing, hurts even more.
17:33 - All the people that passed on their way to work this morning starting to come by again, does it look like I've made any progress?
Cables donated by Relentless Number 5, Central School of Speech and Drama and Colonia Forever
Artists' window take over as part of the 'Whose London is it Anyway?' Festival
Camden People's Theatre
Your Face, Your Self
A one on one performance in which the audience are invited to take a journey with themselves.
An interactive audio/visual installation for one person at a time, inviting the viewer to examine their relationship with their own reflection. They are encouraged to stare at their image while listening to an internal monologue that draws on psychology and literary texts, such as Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Gray and Sartre's Nausea, all of which describe and voice the internal observations on one's outwards appearance. The audio guides them to examine family traits, scars, personal customisation such as piercings. Thinking back to our infant stage when we began to recognise our reflection as ourselves, going through puberty when we may have become more obsessed by our image and self expression, onwards to the history shown in the geographical landscape of our face forged by our lives and overall questioning whether you feel it is a true representation of your inner self.
Run to Run
It is survival of the fittest, in the most literal of senses.
Originally part of the ‘Nothing But Smoke…’ collection of installations, this piece has broken away not only to be a stand alone interactive spectacle but has also inspired a mini series of site-specific explorations, playing with the mechanics of the flipbook and the need for audience participation to make them work/ make the ‘performer’ move.
Run to Run: Survival of the fittest (2012)
Run to make the animation progress through life, stop running and he dies - this interactive installation invites the audience to challenge themselves and playfully consider the futility of life.
Run to Run: Lordship Lane (2016)
Race against the clock to collect the shopping from Lordship Lane - making fun of the 'to do list'.
Run to Run: Shoreditch Sprint (2017)
Race against the clock to reach the Hoxton Job Centre before it shuts, while completing urgent tasks along the way.
Run to Run: Guildhall Hurtle (2017)
Make your way around the exhibits in Guildhall Museum and get out before it closes at 5pm.
Sat 28th - Sun 29th Oct 2017
Mother of All Pain
Sound installation investigating communication between children in pain, clinicians and the mother figure as the axis point of crisis, with Professor Bernie Carter, Writer Rob Young and associate artist Hannah Whittaker.
Commissioned by 30 Bird Productions as part of the Junctures three year programme investing, supporting and developing transcultural and interdisciplinary practice.
For more information on this collaborative project please see the project website.
Supported by Edge Hill University and produced by 30 Bird Productions
Interactive installation comprising of bricks, mortar, cement, speakers, light sensors and microphone.
Commissioned for Unveiling Festival 2017
The title is taken from the Western Wall of the temple in Jerusalem, nicknamed the Wailing Wall due the practice of Jews to visit the site to pray, weep over the temple’s destruction and slip prayer notes into the cracks in the walls.
As Christians we believe the temple where God resides is not a physical building but the body of His people. This installation seeks to be a representation of this. As we enter our prayers into the Wailing Wall, we start to understand the unity of His family and that we are all held together as the new wailing wall crying out: the living stones of His temple.
Listen to the prayers through the wall’s weep holes
Kneel down at the cornerstone and record a prayer by placing your hands on either side. This will be added to the library of prayers.
I'm Cutting You Off
Video installation with screen and headphones.
From a distance, without the sound, the screen seems to display a commonplace occurrence of brushing, tying and cutting hair. However, upon closer inspection discovering the the other side, by putting on the headphones, with the audio revealing the pain and suffering endured by the hair itself during these tasks.
Hair provided by Hannah Whittaker
Cutting and Voice by Yoko Ishiguro
Afterwards trimming by Siobhan Halpin
Editing by Hannah Whittaker
5th April 2014
POP Gallery, Chatham
An interactive installation / bread sculpture inviting people to reconnect with the ritual of communion and what the bread and wine signify. Allowing people to come and break off some of the bread from the sculpture to eat. The sacrifice, the sustenance is there for you, you just need to reach out and claim it.
Working with wood and bread as materials was a new venture away from performance and the digital and an continuation of my exploration of the use of temporary artworks and materials.
A site-specific installation concerned with the memory of space and artistic context
re:place (part I) – photography installation
Instead of using photography to capture and frame a perspective of the space and then extract it to display in a foreign surroundings re:place keeps the views within the context of the original source. Highlighting and drawing attention to the selected view of the camera by suspending the images from where they were taken. Keeping it there captures that moment in time and displays how the scene has changed.
re:place (part II) – video installation
The video installation is compiled of frames captured from the venue throughout the day and them projected back onto the same surface creating a living memory of the space.
Month of Performance Art,
Tues 14th May 2013
Amongst the party crowd there is a Christmas elf, interacting with people and small groups; inviting them to share their wishes for this Christmas. These wishes can be material things, help in a relationship/situation, a dream job, world peace or anything. To submit these desires people are encouraged to draw something to represent their wish onto the elf's arms in permanent marker, with the choice of whether or not to explain the meaning of the drawing. The elf will collect the wishes throughout the evening and continue to think and pray over all of them as long as they remain visible on their arms.