I make video and performance using DIY techniques, improvisation and collaboration. ‘Animating’ a thing (a material, an idea) is often the starting point for how I make which has deliberate echoes of the dark humour, surrealism and political dimension of Jan Swankmajer, an artist who has had a profound influence on me. I often use interviews and workshops to draw from others’ personal experiences of the forces (typically oppressive forces) that shape our everyday lives: urban regeneration, for example, or UK immigration processes. The stories I tell feel disjointed. Their narrative worlds are porous. Elements seem at odds with one another as if they disagree. These are all sensations I embrace and offer as emblematic of the conversations that happen as part of the process. My work has been shown as part of exhibitions, screenings, concert programmes and online platforms, a selection of which are collected here. I also make music, released with Bulkwash; I write and I teach.

Based London, born Liverpool
PhD, The London Consortium, on ‘The Arena Spectacular’
LUX Associate Artists Programme
MRes Humanities and Cultural Studies, The London Consortium
MA Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art
BA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art
Selected exhibitions and screenings:
‘chh chh chh’ live performance at SOUND/IMAGE 2023
‘Dreams of Safety’ (ongoing series) – interviews with international subjects on the theme of post-pandemic ‘safety’
‘Stimpy’s First Fart’ – new soundtrack for classic cartoon with Siôn Parkinson
‘4.45′ included in 143km, mobile screening on video truck, Seoul
‘ROT Greenwich’ live performance with Amit Dinesh Patel and Siôn Parkinson
‘Data Fatigue’ with ‘is_this_it?’, online group show and publication
‘Film Exposed’ group show, Art Exchange, University of Essex
‘The Anchorite’ with Oliver Brignall, online event with South Kiosk
Jerwood/FVU Awards 2019 – exhibition at Jerwood Space London, SALT Istanbul and Phoenix Leicester
‘Stinkhorn’ commissioned by LUX Scotland and BBC as part of ‘Now
GIVE GOOD performance and publication launch, Twentyone, Southend
‘The Jump Room’ publication, 2018
‘The Jump Room’ solo exhibition, The Old Waterworks, Southend-on-Sea
‘Multiplexing’ with LUX Scotland, Glasgow
Selected for Outpost Film Open, Norwich
Performance for ‘Togetherness’, South Kiosk, London, with Sion Parkinson and Sooyon Kim
Performance for Circus Between Worlds, with Sion Parkinson and Sooyon Kim, Glasgow International
Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, screening
SeMa Nanji Residency, Seoul, South Korea
Young Artists Programme, Daegu Exco, South Korea
Studio residency at hrm199, supported by LegionTV
Creative Lab Residency Glasgow CCA
‘Multiplexing’ with LUX AAP, Peckhamplex Cinema
‘Childe of Hale’ solo video screening – Hale Village Hall, BFI Southbank, Bluecoat Centre Liverpool, Showroom Gallery
‘Scan Scroll Surf. Virtual Pictorial Objects’ screening at MUMOK, Vienna
‘The Jump Room’ reviewed in Art Monthly no.411
Interviewed by When We Build Again about ‘The Beating of Vast Wings!’
‘Plans Within Plans’ reviewed by The Double Negative
‘The Bear Pit’ reviewed on Artvehicle
‘American Mountains’, group show at Auto Italia South East, London, reviewed in AN magazine, July
‘Cornerhouse Projects’ Cornerhouse, Manchester, review by Manchester Evening News
‘Ben Hur Live as Post-Cinematic Adaptation’ Journal for Adaptation in Film and Performance
‘The Jump Room’ book
‘Excessive Expenditure in Illusion City’ on Murdofleur blog
Countersituation – ‘On Entering the Movie Theatre’
Interview with Ed Atkins, MAP Magazine, summer
‘Why Kenneth Anger’s ‘Scorpio Rising’ is one of my favourite films’ Or Something…magazine
Review of John Smith Solo Show at RCA, in MAP Magazine, summer
‘Why Kenneth Anger’s ‘Scorpio Rising’ is one of my favourite films’ Or Something…magazine
Review of ‘John Smith – Solo Show’ at RCA, MAP magazine
Co-editor of dreck.co.uk (2009 onwards)