Articles and essays

‘Antarctica SE3: a Conversation on Designing with Care’ written with Sarah Pennington. By linking the homes of three early polar explorers in the borough of Lewisham – Sir James Clark Ross (Blackheath), William Colbeck (Catford) and Ernest Shackleton (Sydenham) – in a conversational walk, we created a context to discuss the ‘entanglements’ of climate change: an ‘Antarctic expedition’ beginning in southeast London.

‘Going to hear a dance: on audio describing’ was published in Performance Research 20·6 in November 2015.  Audio description is a form of translation that selects from a vast field of simultaneous visual experience and recreates the impulse of the choreographer or designer in words that convey a tactile or kinaesthetic impression. But performance – as an artwork to be translated into another medium – is more like a poem than a service manual or legal contract. With examples drawn from contemporary dance and physical theatre by Marc Brew Company, Stumble danceCircus and Told By An Idiot. Download from

‘Return to the Mound: Animating Infinite Potential in Clay, Food, and Compost’ This chapter suggests that ‘object animation’ or ‘material animation’ can help to dissolve the conceptual division between living and inert matter. Although this division appears to be one of the most fundamental concepts, when we seek to understand processes such as the food cycle or the effect of radioactivity on genes, a more complex picture emerges. The chapter focuses on Ubu Roi by Nada Theatre, Claytime by Indefinite Articles and Feast on the Bridge, curated by Clare Patey. In The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance (2014)

‘The Street of Animation: Complicite’ ‘Complicite has spent 25 years exploring the long street of theatrical animation, on which puppets are just one stopping point. Actors gather at one end of the street and stroll freely up and down it. They wander into curious shops and turn over the heaps of chairs, books, clothes, farm implements, musical instruments and archaeological finds. They disappear off at the far end of the street, which is haunted by video projections, sound recordings and shadows…’ read more in Animations Online 27

‘Vagueness Gridlocked: A Smell-Map of New York’ ‘Smells are notoriously difficult to capture or record, each odour being a complex mixture of hundreds of volatile chemicals. Moreover, there seems to be a contradiction between ‘smelling’ and ‘mapping’: maps are made of permanent features, while smell is evanescent, temporary and transitory…’ In The Smell Culture Reader (2006) ed. Jim Drobnick, Berg ISBN 184520213-9

‘Feast: tasting the unfamiliar’ Clare Patey and Cathy Wren brought together artists, food, allotments and school children in a year-long project to grow, cook and celebrate a feast. Read more on the Ashden Directory

‘I’m a great believer in play’ An interview with Richard Mabey: ‘The play – in the sense of playing – was as important as the content. What mattered was the play between people – and that was in everything that was happening on stage.’ Read more on the Ashden Directory

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