Piano Migrations at Lisboa Soa

I had the wonderful opportunity to show Piano Migrations at an incredible location, the Estufa Fria (cold greenhouse) in Lisbon for Lisboa Soa festival in September 2019. The location was stunning and the whole festival was inspiring with a range of very thoughtful, beautiful and captivating installations and performances. Check out the programme here. For the opening night,…

Phase Transition at Eufònic Festival

In early September, I was delighted to have had the opportunity to show Phase Transition at Lo Pati Art Centre, Amposta, Spain, as part of the wonderful Eufònic Festival. The gallery space was perfect for the installation, being large and resonant. Alongside setting up Phase Transition and visiting some wonderful locations for other artworks at the festival, Matthew…

Listening to the wind at the silenced rock

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : When I arrived in Sri Lanka, I was drawn to the colourful boats at the harbour. I met a fisherman called Pala who invited me to listen to a rock with an echo. We tapped the rock in many places, but couldn’t find the echo. The weather…

Woven

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : I continued to work with Mangalika, and also spent some time with her granddaughter Samadi. I had a lovely afternoon with them both creating some more nests from coconut fibre (coir).  I filmed Mangalika’s hands working with the fibre to make twine, whilst Samadi created a small ensemble from…

Handloom cotton mill

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : A day out with Alice, another artist in residence at Sura Medura. We planned a trip following the south coast from Hikkaduwa to Weligama with some specific aims for the day. Alice had located a cotton weaving mill and a tea plantation, whereas I was on a mission to…

Sinhiraja & Udawalawe

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : Four of us on the residency went away for a 2 day trip in search of a wilder side of Sri Lanka. To the rainforest… Sinhiraja rain forest is the last area of primary rainforest in Sri lanka and a biodiversity hotspot with many endemic and rare species. Following…

Weaving and Nesting

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : During our first week we were invited to meet Mangalika, who lives close by and is a long term friend of Neil (who runs the Sura Medura Residency). Mangalika was very welcoming and showed us how she weaves hats out of dried grasses dyed in different colours. It…

Innovations, Improvisations and Adaptations.

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : Innovating, adapting, evolving, responding, repairing, creating, improvising, imagineering, … This is what I have been noticing in Sri Lanka. I have seen many incredibly innovative solutions that deal with the need to adapt to situations, often difficult situations that someone’s livelihood depends on. For example, a solution to not having…

Sounding the Weather

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : I was inspired by my visited to the harbour in Dodanduwa – and remembered seeing images of fishermen fishing on ‘stilts’ in Sri Lanka.  More info about the stilt fishermen here (photo – internet scavenged) This developed as a fishing technique around the 1940’s following a shortage of fishing equipment…

Rock Tapping

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : After more conversations at the fishing harbour, I was greeting by chatty fisherman Pala, who told me it was too rough to go out that afternoon, as a storm was approaching (although it seemed like the majority of boats were still leaving the harbour). He had been in…

Tsunami & Fishing Boats

SURA MEDURA Residency, Spring 2019 – Blog post : Six weeks in Sri Lanka working alongside and in collaboration with 8 other artists in residence. We are staying together at Sun Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa, and working in a new purpose built residency space in the fishing village of Dodanduwa.  One of our first experiences…

Fort Process

It was a great pleasure to be a part of the fantastic festival Fort Process, set in the unique location of Newhaven Fort. I discovered the perfect location for Luminous Birds, along a very narrow passageway and combined it with Twittering Machines installation. The whole festival was an inspiration, with so much amazing work. Below is some documentation…