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Puddle Piece 2015-‐16 –
I swapped the water in two puddles; one in Brierfield town centre and one in
Brierfield Mill in January 2016. The performance took place over two days.
First conceived in mid-‐2015, my initial intention was to move a naturally formed
puddle to a new location by bottling up the water and then pouring it into a new
spot. The end product would hopefully be uncanny as the puddle would be ‘the
same, but not’. Originally, I had intended for the piece to be a photographic
project in which I would take photographs of the images reflected in the puddle,
in its original place and new location.
However, as part of my CRASH2016 residency, I decided to swap two different
puddles, rather than just move one. Swapping rather than just moving made
more sense in this context, as I was keen to connect two geographical places that
are, to those who live in the town, normally divorced from one another – the
town centre and the huge, derelict mill on the town’s outskirts.
While the process of bottling up the puddle in the Mill was without an audience,
the action became instantly a point of interest when carried out in the town
centre and became a performance of sorts. It lasted under ten minutes.
1. Image of the live performance in Brierfield town centre, January 2016.
Research photograph taken of puddle reflection in Northern Quarter,
Manchester. November 2015.
Head In Hole Piece 2016.
I hung from a wall of Brierfield Mill with my head in a large hole for five minutes
at a time at January 2016.
Frustrated by the process of attempting to ‘engage with’ Brierfield Mill as part of
CRASH2016, I had a strong desire to simplify the conceptual process and just get
inside the mill in some way. I saw this hole on the first day of the residency and
decided to put my head in it as this seemed to satisfy the desire. Using a climbing
harness and wearing a blue boiler suit (both of which were found in the mill), I
hung myself from two nails, hammered into the wall above the hole, and rested
about a foot from the floor, with my head in the hole. The piece was performed
on four separate occasions for about five minutes at a time. I would’ve liked to
perform for much longer but the harness was ill fitting and began choking me.
Canary Wharf Cleaning Piece 2015
The performance is described in detail in my personal statement.
However, it is essential to mention that these photographs were taken after the
performance took place and are early experiments into alternative ways of
documenting live performance. Taken in Devon about 6 months after the
performance, these photographs do not fix the work’s meaning or attempt to
accurately record/document the live performance itself. Instead, they simply
illustrate the performer/objects/costume used.
Motorway Piece 2014-‐2015
Motorway Piece was first performed in October 2015 on the verge of the M60 in
Stockport town centre. The performance involved preaching to the road by
reading from my notebook.
The following photographs were taken as part of research into a performance
beside the M60 motorway in Manchester. I have been working with the idea of
carrying out performances in settings and situations where the audience’s time
and movement is governed by the rules and pressures of this certain situation.
These rules and pressures have implications for the audience’s experience of the
performance. For example, when I performed on the hard shoulder of a
motorway, the audience in the cars were only able to see the performance for a
couple of seconds as the rules of the motorway dictate that they cannot pull over
except in emergencies or particularly vary their speed. The overall intention is
that the audience will become more aware of these rules and pressures as they
are being prevented from witnessing more than a couple of seconds of the