To date, my practice mainly involves different modes of playful participatory performance and its documentation (e.g. video), using these to enable people’s rediscovery of the environments that they inhabit. I call it “Unearthing Play in the Everyday”. I’m always keen to develop new strands to my practice and also to reappraise existing ones, of which there are currently three:
These interventions foreground the inherent riskiness of play by instigating spontaneous, quick-fire, loosely-structured encounters between small groups and their immediate environment; for example, using a bike-rack as a climbing frame.
These audio-walks (currently) engage individual participants, inviting recalibration of their relationship to their environment by presencing the “playfulness of perception” and, crucially, extending this into ludic action; in Episode 2, for instance, participants seek out swinging opportunities.
These workshops take medium-sized groups of participants through a series of exercises, tailored to the particular setting, aiming to incrementally increase participants’ playfulness and performativity towards the undertaking of a final ludic task. In a setting featuring many modes of transport, for example, the final task involved playful travel.