I am an interdisciplinary artist and academic based in Bristol (UK). My artistic work and research are audience-centric, focused on life stories and new ways of developing experiences of narratives with and for the public; whether on stage, in museums, archives, for screens, speakers, XR technologies, and for books. I am a live art performer, a festival producer, an arts organiser, a sound art installation practitioner, a bookmaker, a writer, a memory collector, an oral history curator, a tactile and electric art maker, and experience designer, and immersive media specialist, and a researcher on audience/user interaction.
I am the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for research centre, Making Books: Creativity, Print Culture, and the Digital, at Bath Spa University, alongside the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries. I am also an artist in residence at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, an Editorial assistant of The Writing Platform, and board member for Performance Studies International (PSi) sub-group, the Future Advisory Board (FAB), for which I am currently co-editing the special issue of PSi’s Global Performance Studies (GPS) journal. I have lectured across liberal arts on research-led subjects related to Performance Studies, Digital Humanities and Heritage, Creative Technologies and Innovation, at the University of Bristol, and Bath Spa University. At Bath Spa, I have also led workshops for postgraduate level and staff training on Creative Practice as Research.
I hold a Diploma in 35mm Filmmaking from New York Film Academy, a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies from Queen Mary University of London, an MA by Research from the University of Hull in Performances Studies; and a PhD awarded by University of Bristol’s Theatre Department. My doctoral research was entitled, An Exhibition of Hidden Stories: Research into methods of staging oral history archives; and I have been awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My thesis focused on the investigation of artistic interventions in oral history collections. It developed methodologies for exhibiting/curating this type of content digitally, using practical and theoretical approaches from performance (live art and sound art), immersive technologies, and computational methodologies. It further used theory on audience participation from performance studies, to explore frameworks of user experience (UX), experience design (XD), in archival collections and cultural heritage settings.
My performance project, Love Letters has been touring the EU for over six years at renowned Festivals/Symposia and venues: Museum of Broken Relationships (Zagreb, Croatia), MIX 2017, Tempting Failure, i-Docs, Performance & Live Art Platform, Arnolfini, Watershed, Pervasive Media Studio, and Latitude. Love Letters invites audiences to delve into an installation of 350 letters written by past audiences to their loved ones that have been collected whilst touring internationally. Reviews of the piece have been published both online and print: Vice Live Art Almanac Vol. 4 and EXEUNT magazine. This project has been extended to two sub-projects that integrate ubiquitous wearable technologies, creative programming, digital archiving, digital books, epaper, paper-based circuits and conductive ink. To You, is my latest work centred on tactile art. An interactive artist book about love that responds to its reader’s body heat.
I have also shown my other artistic works and commissions at Bath Kids Literary Festival, Wickham Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Somerset Gallery in London, and Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art. As well as being invited to deliver talks, at Arnolfini (Bristol), Whitechapel Gallery (London) and Tate Modern (London), about my research and creative practice on cultural heritage, storytelling and the ‘reinvented museum’. As part of my research and praxis, I have mentored, facilitated and lead many international socially engaged projects (Shanghai, Italy, and Cyprus) that are a fusion of community arts policy-making, ethnography, and digital curation.
I am also a Performance art photographer, the initiator/artistic director of Performance & Live Art Platform Cyprus, which has been described as the first of its kind in Greece and Cyprus. I have recently co-founded CyArtHub and CyArtHub App, a digital networking/collaboration tool, a resource for all creatives in Cyprus and beyond, and its augmented reality application.
My applied research and publications interrogate the social, political, ethical, cultural and theoretical implications of a growing digital world and postdigital movement, specifically exploring the anthropological and performative factors of intersectional curation, and engaging with oral histories, that can be engaged both spatially and temporally. My research extends to the application of artistic and creative practices in providing platforms for practice-based action research for HCI and Interactive Media, where performance studies and its practices can act as methods of inquiry by bringing the anthropological, performative and theatrical perspectives, to test a variety of immersive-enabling technologies and/or experiences within the context of live multimedia experiments; offering creative experiments that form new kinds of symbiosis between humans and computers.