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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 has 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 idea (that I first  encountered during a seminar hosted by philosopher Ray Brassier) that cultural production may be able to profoundly alter the consciousness of humanity. While evidence for both of these is lacking, I feel it is useful to entertain their possibilities.

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

 

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

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2015

Project 300 Made In Roath Cardiff

2014

Formal Interference Le Murate Florence

2013

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt3) ArcadeCardiff Cardiff

2012

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

2011

BigLittleCity The Cardiff Story – Cardiff

2009

Made in Roath The Gate / Milkwood – Cardiff

2007

Reinventing Llanedeyrn Maelfa Shopping Centre – Cardiff

Welshing tactileBosch and Milgi – Cardiff

2005

Fleamarket #2 Temporary Contemporary – London

Gates Centre for Contemporary Public Art – Skopje

Coagulation Tactile Bosch Cardiff

2004

Love & Bullets Transition Gallery – London

Hero m2 Gallery  -London

Fleamarket Temporary Contemporary  -London

nth Architecture m2 Gallery – London

2003

I’m Desperate, Love Me! Catto Contemporary – London

nth Art 001 Ols & Co – London

2002

Truck 3 peripatetic exhibition – London

Beautiful Tomorrows Espace d’Art Yvonamor Palix – Paris

2000

Outhouse Rich & Famous Gallery – London

Assembly Stepney City – London

1999

Breaks & Pieces Stanley Picker Gallery – London

Solo Show Rich & Famous Gallery – London

Art For Us All Riverside Studios – London

1997

Outpost 4 Former Telephone Exchange – London

 

I am an active member of CAAPO (www.creativeassault.org) and have participated in all CAAPO events and artworks since 2012.