Der Prozess (musik und/als)


(pic by Patrick Shen)

These last few days in Sheffield has seen the return of the annual Doc Fest at which Patrick Shen’s exploration of quietude and noise In Pursuit of Silence was given its UK premiere preceded, as it has been elsewhere, by a performance of 4’33” (by me in this instance). As I found, the piece still has the power to inspire a gamut of responses from humour to concentrated listening to irritation…

Next up, at the start of July I am taking part in Music and/as Process where I’ll be exploring some more pieces from out-of-doors suite in the Austen-esque surroundings of Bath Spa University.

ajamroom #1: and so it begins

Day 1

Bank Street Arts from today till 4th June

In 1790 Xavier de Maistre embarked on an epic journey. A journey during which he never left his room. Confined for 42 days having taken part in a duel he spent his time describing his movements from bed to chair to desk and all points in between…

I have started to assemble the material I have received so far.*

It’s been very much a matter of trial and error and I think it will continue this way as I try to find a balance between presenting the various items in and of themselves as part of an exhibition/installation and in thinking of how they contribute to a score of sorts. Step by step I will wend my way, we shall see…

(*You can still contribute your journeys using the sketchbook provided in the gallery or to


Bending Boundaries

Plans are moving apace for Bending Boundaries3 evenings of extraordinary and varied 
wonderment organised with Mick Beck at Sheffield’s renowned Over-the-Top:
Weds 11th May
a possible plan to girdle the Earth from me and Nathan Bettany
Thurs 12th May
Fri 13th May
8pm kick offs, £5 (£3) each night or £10 (£6) the lot.

A journey around my room


“Adventure is in the mind of the one who pursues it” Pierre Mac Orlan

In around the year 1790 Xavier de Maistre embarked on an epic journey. A journey in which he never left his room. Confined for 42 days having taken part in a duel he spent his time describing his movements from bed to chair to desk and all points in between…

I would like YOU to send me descriptions/documentation of a journey around your room (be it a bedroom, study, kitchen, etc.). The journey could be documented in any way each person wants (photos, film, sound, writing) and as directly or freely/obliquely/imaginatively as they like. (Your journey need not last 42 days.)

I am interested in everyday tiny details and how in drawing attention to them time and space can open up.

I will assemble the material gathered to construct a new ‘room’ at Bank Street Arts to explore both as an exhibit but also to function as clues for performers to read as a score or map.

The performance will take place at Bank Street Arts and feature the excellent Ryoko Akama.

I hope there will also be some associated talk/discussion on themes relating to the residency: imaginary journeys, rooms/huts/garrets, personal space, confinement, isolation, shelter, property (to be confirmed).

This piece builds on EXPEDITION my previous series at Bank Street Arts based on travels across Siberia/the Amazon/Tanzania/the oceans of South Asia/the Volga (imagined) and across Sheffield (literal).


25th May to 4th June: Installation

Saturday 4th June:  performance featuring Ryoko Akama

Bank Street Arts

Ryoko Akama is a Japanese sound/visual artist/composer. She works with stripped-down electronic sounds and in recent years has largely supplanted the laptop she used in the group the Lappetites (Eliane Radigue, Kaffe Matthews, AGF) with homemade devices: housed in the shell of the traditional Japanese string instrument called the shamisen. She also often works closely with figures involved in the Wandelweiser collective, and musicians and artists associated with the Set Ensemble (Sarah Hughes, Patrick Farmer, Angharad Davies, Dominic Lash and co.), and Next to Nothing, “a dazzling trio effort with Bruno Duplant and Dominic Lash that finds exquisite beauty in the most sparse of materials” (Chicago Reader). Her works have been performed and commissioned worldwide and published in the past under the name, Ryo Co. and Ryoko Kuwajima, and has been active as a collaborator on different projects with multidisciplinary artists.

I am getting on nicely in the dark




I’m working on a new piece called I am getting on nicely in the dark for the WROUGHT festival at the Hide in Sheffield from 15th to 17th April. The festival is focused on theatre and performance pieces for audiences of one or small groups and will feature a number of established and up-and-coming artists of various intriguing stripes.


My piece… well, I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, it’s a test. Of sorts…