Although initially trained as a painter, Brookes' practice has always bridged media. Known primarily for the production of durational objects, images, interventions, and context-specific live art - his work has involved elements as diverse as painting, photography, sampling, large scale and multiple projection, short-range and satellite radio broadcast technology, mobile phones, helicopters, cars, trains, surveillance cameras, ice sculpture and drawing - and has proposed and developed innovative practices and strategies within the form, function, and placement of live art. He co-founded the performance collective Pearson/Brookes with performer and academic Mike Pearson in 1997, their work together being generally perceived to have pioneered mediated and multi-site performance practices - most recently co-creating their large scale located theatre work Coriolan/us, within a vast 1930s aircraft hangar in South Wales, commissioned jointly by the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre Wales for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Brookes is currently developing a long-term collaborative practice with Spanish artist and performer Rosa Casado, producing context-specific actions and gallery works under the umbrella title Some things happen all at once, some things happen more slowly, their work having been commissioned and presented widely across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America, and the USA. In 2007 he was appointed Research Fellow within Aberystwyth University, and received a doctorate for his contributions to intermedial and located performance and live art in 2015.