It’s 2011 already, and I shan’t even try to apologise for my absence from the blogosphere… Ok, well maybe a bit; I’ve been doing other things. But will throw one of my favourite quotes from Guattari, written in an obituary of Deleuze, by way of an excuse / distraction: “Il n’y a pas de manque dans l’absence. L’absence est une presence en moi.” The end of 2010 was busy – a performance down at the University of Plymouth in November, and two at InBetween Time festival in Bristol in December. All of which went very well. Whilst the first two were reworkings of existing pieces, I made a durational work at IBT that was
entirely new and experimental in the best sense of the word. It consisted of a kind of meditative performance installation, working with visual actions and materials in trance-like intensity, which was punctuated by gentle pauses – the playing of live radio and the distribution of jam doughnuts. It felt a very tender but powerful piece, which was received with the compassion with which it was intended. I’m really enjoying it as a way of working (even if it might not be as commercially viable as more neatly packaged live art works…), and hope to continue exploration in the new year. It would be great to hear / read any responses, if you were there?
And on the subject of feedback, I’ve decided it’s time to rework this blog a little, and make it function more like a website. I’d resisted such a thing for years -particularly publishing documentation online – but have caught up with the times and think it can do no harm. So I wonder how would be best to design it? Who is it out there that’s actually reading this, and why? What, I wonder, would be most useful to visitors? A (more) regularly updated blog? A kind of living CV? An archive of documentation? A resource of writing? A newsletter? As before, any feedback or comments would be much appreciated, so do let me know.