I make interactive, participatory, public, community and collaborative art within a conceptual framework. I do this to investigate the boundaries and possibilities of working with the public, and what it means for the artist, viewer and participant.
Over the last twenty years, my work his not been consistent in form, but the same basic preconceptions have been at the root of my practice: I am concerned with the idea that art can change people and I attempt to build ways of evaluating that change into the work itself. This has taken many forms, including live painting and video installations, developing and exhibiting interactive learning applications and making games designed to promote critical thinking. In short, I have consistently been concerned with ‘engagement’ as medium in itself.
I feel that when people physically interact with artworks they express their thoughts and emotions in more obvious, outward ways than when they engage passively or internally. I do not feel that interactive, participatory or collaborative art is better than static artworks, but they are more useful for my practice. Creating work that physically involves the audience, implicates them in the outcomes, employs them in its construction or provokes them into critique is a way for me to understand them better, to understand myself better and to understand art better. I use art as leverage to manipulate the ‘real world’. This feeds back (via the affect display of the participants) into the artistic process.
I have been informed by the educational theories of B.F. Skinner, who postulated that learning can be measured through change in a person’s behaviour, and the philosopher Ray Brassier’s idea that cultural production may be able to profoundly alter the consciousness of humanity. While evidence for these is lacking, I feel it is useful to entertain their possibilities.
CV & Education
- 2002 M.A. Fine Art Goldsmiths College
- 2002 Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art Goldsmiths College
- 1999 B.A. Fine Art Kingston University
- 1996 Foundation Art & Design University of Wales Institute Cardiff
Selected Awards and Residencies
2014 Formal Interference Le Murata - Florence
A two week residency with workshops and public interventions by international artists, including my own works and joint CAAPO artworks, funded by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Arts International.
2011-13 Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Cardiff and Vale College - Cardiff/Vale of Glamorgan
A self-initiated project, funded by ACW and CAVC, culminating in three exhibitions and a time-capsule.
2007 Reinventing Llanedeyrn Maelfa Shopping Centre - Cardiff
A self-initiated residency, funded by Cywaith Cymru, in a soon-to-be redeveloped shopping centre.
2003 The Observer Student Artist of the Year Award - Observer Magazine
- Project 300 Made in Roath Cardiff
- Formal Interference Le Murate Florence
- Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt3) ArcadeCardiff Cardiff
- Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt1) Milkwood Gallery Cardiff
- Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt2) Canonhill Arts Cardiff
- I’m Game ArcadeCardiff Cardiff
- BigLittleCity The Cardiff Story Cardiff
- Made in Roath Open House Cardiff
- Made in Roath The Gate / Milkwood Cardiff
- Reinventing Llanedeyrn Maelfa Shopping Centre Cardiff
- Welshing tactileBosch and Milgi Cardiff
- Fleamarket #2 Temporary Contemporary London
- Gates Centre for Contemporary Public Art Skopje
- Coagulation Tactile Bosch Cardiff
- Love & Bullets Transition Gallery London
- Hero m2 Gallery London
- Fleamarket Temporary Contemporary London
- nth Architecture m2 Gallery London
- I'm Desperate, Love Me! Catto Contemporary London
- nth Art 001 Ols & Co. London
- Truck 3 Peripatetic exhibition London
- Beautiful Tomorrows Espace d'Art Yvonamor Palix Paris
- Outhouse Rich & Famous Gallery London
- Assembly Stepney City London
- Breaks & Pieces Stanley Picker Gallery London
- Solo Show Rich & Famous Gallery London
- Art For Us All Riverside Studios London
- Outpost 4 Kingston Former Telephone Exchange London
I am an active member of CAAPO (Creative Assault Art Production Organisation) and have participated in all CAAPO events and artworks since 2012.