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“A man’s gotta have a code.”

Last year, Tim and I wrote an Ethical Policy for Sleepdogs*. I’ve been meaning to post it up for months, and today it feels like my non-negotiable duty to share anything that stands up for y’know, taking responsibility for how we act. Funny that when I was thinking what to call this post, it was… Read more »

Creative Intelligence: stick it up your chart

I made this for the Sleepdogs office. It’s about not always doing things the same way, with the same patterns (unless that’s the right thing to do.)  Also: trying to be clear and kind – to others, to your own bad self.Also: recognising when you’re doing something new. The sections can be addressed in any… Read more »

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Power

  A confession, and a provocation.   These last few years since becoming a full-time ponce-faced artist-about-town I’ve been really lucky to have worked with some amazing people. Even luckier that many of those people have come from walks of life different to my own, with backgrounds and heritages I’ve been able to learn about… Read more »

Chipping at the hard stuff: honesty / (in)visibility / community / career

Last Saturday, I spent the day with our brilliant friend and collaborator Sharon Clark, and wor Tim, in the Residence space, for a day of peer mentoring / problem solving / critical reflection. I’ve done a lot of one-to-one peer mentoring, which is super useful, but I loved how this three-pointed process seemed to open… Read more »

2: Interviews

Here’s two interviews with me talking about making stuff and all that. The questions were from students at Bath Spa University. 1. Interview by Connor Sullivan on sound design and site-specific theatre. – What Site-Specific Theatre Productions have you worked on?   Quite a few, but in recent years: – ‘Salt In The Sugar Jar’, a… Read more »

Review: Now Is The Time To Say Nothing

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing By Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli At Arnolfini, Mayfest 2018   Walking out into the May sunshine after seeing Now Is The Time To Say Nothing, I knew I was going to be thinking about it for as long as I had the faculty to, that every now… Read more »

Proper Lanka

On tourism, and a tourist’s job.   I’ve been working in Sri Lanka for the last 6 weeks, although my visa is technically correct when it says I’ve been here on holiday. I haven’t been paid for what I’m doing in the country. Tanuja and I have made a short album of music and played… Read more »

Ocean confessions

It’s late in Week 4 of our Sura Medura residency. If last week was all about beats, tunes and noise; then this week’s been all about orchestral composing, performance text and the sea. Also a whole bunch of getting tangled up with wires, battery packs, live relay, headphone variants and playback devices in order to… Read more »

Human / Technology

So we’ve come to Sri Lanka, and we’re staying right by the sea, and now we’re working almost entirely on laptops with headphones. Our fellow artists here must think we’re nuts. To be clear, there’s no way we’d be inside our laptops like this if we hadn’t already had lots of experience in Sri Lanka… Read more »

Uncanny Lanka

Horse God The pantheon of gods in Sri Lanka is a complex hierarchy of beings ultimately subject to the cycle of birth and rebirth in the same manner humans are; a process that in Theravada Buddhism is widely accepted to last millions of lifetimes or more, until, after much suffering, enlightenment – and therefore the… Read more »