Everyone, everywhere, every-time – on the ownership of creative work, land and river

During lockdown I, like many others, have been doing more thinking than usual. I’ve read new books, experimented with different cooking, making art, trying out new apps and podcasts, basically allowing myself to explore things I was not looking at before. That includes ways to distract myself from feeling anxious. Today, before I got outContinue reading “Everyone, everywhere, every-time – on the ownership of creative work, land and river”

weary and wary we masked

Waking (too) early this morning I reflected on the past few months. Remembered the hush of the initial lockdown and how wonderful it was in many ways. It gave us a taster of a world with less pollution, less traffic on roads and in the air. We heard the birdsong amplified in the mornings, theContinue reading “weary and wary we masked”

THE ACT OF TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN ACT OF LOVE

In 2005 the artist Phil Collins spoke at a conference at Bristol Zoo, run by Claire Doherty of Situations. He said that historically some believed a camera could take the steal of a person, but he, personally, felt the act of taking a photograph is an act of love. That comment is core to thisContinue reading “THE ACT OF TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN ACT OF LOVE”

Swings and Films – exhibitions

Recently I have spotted swings being hung from trees around the local area, the Forest of Dean. They have signs near them encouraging users to enjoy themselves, it appears to be a guerrilla-style action with no name. I love it. Prior to their arrival, I too had developed a relationship with a swing next toContinue reading “Swings and Films – exhibitions”

Attention series No.4 Covid 19, the rural idyll & climate change

THEN: WRITTEN IN ON 30TH MAY Before reading further, take a look at this video clip. Is that your rural idyll? In the light of the shutdowns occurring across the world, we are undoubtedly struggling to do everyday things that we take for granted. Travel, work, leisure, exercise, culture – all disrupted. How are youContinue reading “Attention series No.4 Covid 19, the rural idyll & climate change”

Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind

Another blogpost sitting comfortably in my practice blog, rather than here. Some of the attention series fit one site or the other, some both. This one is about the experience of heading off to the riverbank and observing how my attention shifts from body to mind constantly, depending on purpose and context. enjoy!    Continue reading “Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind”

Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind

Set off walking, active body Quite quickly a rhythm settled in, a steady, fairly fast pace I heard cars close-by to my left, on the A48 To my right the River Severn, and from a distance of around 10 miles, a rumbling noise, from the M5 The terrain underfoot level and there are no obstacles,Continue reading “Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind”

Attention Series No. 2 Thinking Practice

This one is on my artist website as it is about practice rather than theory. But my experience as a producer enables me to analyse my own practice in context. Pop over and have a look if you are interested, there are some films to watch! Introductory paragraph: In recent years I have become increasinglyContinue reading “Attention Series No. 2 Thinking Practice”

Attention Series No.2 : Thinking Practice

In recent years I have become increasingly aware of attention. During the pandemic my inability to focus has become even worse. For some time now, I have found reading a book very challenging. Part of the difficulty is that my curiosity is distracted by something I read – such as the name of  a place,Continue reading “Attention Series No.2 : Thinking Practice”