Artist of the Month: February 2018
1. How long have you been at Phoenix?
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I recently did a show for the british science fest demonstrating some experiments relating to gravity.
It involved building a zero gravity drop tower, growing some space peas, synthesizers and dressing up in medieval clothes in science labs.
I'm now working on some further experiments relating to that. This is currently forming the practice part of a PhD at Sussex university.
I'm also a musician and I record and play with a number of groups as well as working as a theatre musician.
3. Which media do you like to use?
I make machines and inventions from all sort sorts of materials usually to then make sound or perform with in some way.
I'm very interested in materials, I use scrap of all sorts, electronics and various instruments.
I also like to use lenses, fungi, servos, noxious chemicals, lasers, plastic, fun theatrical substances like that.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
Agnes Meyer-Brandis is brilliant, especially the moon goose analogue. I like how she is involved in science in a poetic way, her work is dramatic and romantic but very science-y. I also like the effect of people going to ridiculous lengths to do something, and she does that with lots of humour.
Sarah Angliss is a brilliant composer and theatre maker. She puts sound to all sorts of unexpected and interesting uses and then uses it to tell fantastic stories. She is a master of the spookiness of machines.
I'm also interested in maker culture and a few people posting things online who might not identify themselves as artists. In particular a youtuber going by the name 'HL4EHalfLife' who makes these extraordinary 'fan boxes'.
There are lots of people doing strange experiments. There's maybe sometimes a slightly destructive side to it but it's also very creative and motivated by interesting things.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
Any of the experimental and diy music events happening in Brighton, like Spirit of Gravity.
There's also a Thomas Tallis festival on right now at the Attenborough Centre at Falmer, Jenny Minton's piece looks interesting.
6. Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?
'Enchanting' a sword using a super accurate gravimeter at the Space Geodesy Facility at Herstmonceaux castle.
Also getting to shoot a mega space laser at a satellite is one of the high points of my career.