...and like a fairytale absurd
where once was sofa, rug, tv
now squats this dullard metal toad
"we'd move if we could find the road;
but where to go, we need a leader;
no desert's left where we can hide
from missiles with computer guides."
The Tipping Point, is a video which I have been piecing together for a while. It is based on a verse of the same name which I wrote in 2014. Inspired by epic poems such as Beowulf and Basil Bunting's Briggflatts, it was initially written to be read. With the unfolding of national and international world events, its dystopian content has become ever more relevant. I decided to use it as the basis of a video piece and subsequently recorded a dual male/female voice over. The picture edit is now almost complete and I will soon be seeking a bit of feedback. More on this shortly.
LOAVES & FISHES

LOAVES & FISHES : A fragment of heritage paper from 1991 is divided into 15 rectangles and donated to the 15 union republics of the former Soviet Union.

100 pieces of heritage paper spanning over 100 years, have been given to 100 artists to create a piece of work. I have been invited by appletye.org to make a work that relates to a piece of paper from 1991.

Towards the close of '91, one rather large event dominates - namely, the dissolution of the Soviet Union. I decided to divide the paper into 15 pieces and send a piece to each of the 15 union republics of the former Soviet Union, attached to an explanatory letter. The form of the final piece will depend on whether I receive a response from all or any of the republics. I have not yet decided if it will be audio visual or more physical in presentation.
"There are many things I could have done with this fragment of paper – but in the end I decided to look outwards, to give it away, in much the same spirit as it has been given to me. This act reflects the use of paper as a vehicle for communication across the preceding centuries.
It is a small gesture, and one which has no overt ‘political’ intent. It is simply a token of good will towards you and all the citizens of your country."

(extract from the covering letter)
Caroline Street: The absence of something…revisited

Caroline Street: The absence of something…revisited - view from the top of the street

​​​​​​​**UPDATE: This project received Arts Council funding and was shown at the OVADA gallery in Oxford spring 2019 Title: Neither Use Nor Ornament

***UPDATE:  SCULPTORVOX...is the name of a new print magazine which features my early work at Caroline Street . The subject of this edition (Jan 2018)  is 'The Geometry of Nothing'. This link takes you to the first edition order page >

Malmö Folkets park, Baltic exhibition 1914... click here to see more
a UK/Swedish project : FREE TRADE
The basis of this project, which will encompass photography, moving image and the written word, is that two contemporary spaces – the soon to be developed Malmo Quay in Newcastle upon Tyne and Malmö in Sweden - form the jumping off point for a semi-fictional narrative. This narrative looks at issues around migration and trade between nations over time.
the Multo calculating machine - manufactured in Malmö and imported into Newcastle in the 1950's
My collodian glass plate of the Multo in 2015
'White man' demonstration near Malmo Quay, Newcastle... click here to see more
Work in progress. Ongoing short video which I regard as a drawing for larger ideas. This uses an excerpt from a longer verse of mine and is interjected by my younger self - lifted from a video I made in 1980 called 'When was NOW'
Work in progress. Ongoing short video which I regard as a drawing for larger ideas... this one filmed on a mobile phone on the banks of the river Tyne.

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