When I was in Helmsdale last year I met a man, called Jeff, who was rebuilding a wall for some locals. He had been learning how to drystone wall; constructing stones without mortar. Continue reading


Personal Glossary

Term Definition
Abwesend Absent, away from a place
Actor Network Theory Abandons hierarchical ontology to propose a level plane of entities, or actors
Agency The capacity to act in the world
An Oak Tree A transubstantiated glass of water
Art as Life Continuous practice, pure activity, not leading to particular results
Art Object Things that result from art works
Art Work/Art Project/Project Network The wider network of artist, objects, documentation, happenings, publications, curator, organisation, audience, etc.
Art Writing Writing within the art project

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Gnommero is a series of five publications edited by Sarah Tripp and Richard Taylor. It features text based work by artists and writers who have responded to Italo Calvino’s reflections on written practice and literary quality.


I read the 5th section of Calvino’s Memos for the Millenium and wrote the first draft of the text Helix-World relatively quickly. At this time I was pdf-mountaineering in Vibrant Matter and discovering the object-descriptive writing of Allain Robbe Grillet.

The piece I have written for the 5th installment of Gnommero, surrounding ‘Multiplicity’, describes an alternative perspective to Ceal Floyer’s Helix, which I saw in Berlin in 2013. I’m not going to link to the artwork here. I kind of feel the text piece only works without seeing it. Although you can’t even read it yet, because Gnommero: Multiplicity is not yet out.

Keep an eye in May! In the meantime, you can preorder the full Gnommero Collection for a very good price.

Edible Matter

Edible MAtter

Food is a co-participant in our world.
Jane Bennett argues for the political recognition of things, both human and non-human. In acknowledging the Thing Power of food, the fluid nature of materiality comes to light.
You are what you eat.
In eating, the border between out and in is mixed. You aren’t what you eat. Well you are, but what you eat is you also. And together that is a thing too.
You are an assemblage of matter and everything is always Becoming; nothing is Being.

Nietzsche tried to tell me I’d be depressed without fish.
But Thoreau jumped in, “I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined
to abstain from animal food”.

Later that day I googled a guacamole recipe on BBC Food and went to Asda to pick up Artichoke Hearts, with the intention to preserve and progress some creative faculties.
They led me to the fish aisle.
I got depressed and could not preserve.

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