July 2018 'In silence', performance, Lausitzer Platz, Berlin. Audio realisation of performance and photo documentation.

audio only realisation of In Silence (English language version)


In response to Stay Hungry‘s ‘Capturing Spaces – Views on the In-between’, call for proposals, I created a piece of work titled In Silence; performed on Saturday 21st July 2018, in Lausitzer Platz, Berlin.


The work takes the ambient sound of the square monitored in real-time and plays it back – through headphones – to the work’s participants, listening individually or in pairs, sat beside the artist on a bench in the square. The sounds of the square are framed by and mingled with a recorded narrative (heard simultaneously by the audience, over their headphones).


"In Silence is a work about listening. It interweaves a spoken narrative about the importance of attending to the ambient sounds of the city with the act of doing just that. It is informed by John Cages ideas about the rewards of listening to the background noise of urban life and the rich complexity of silence.


In Silence takes as the starting-point for its narrative the character of Murke, the fictive protagonist of Heinrich Bölls 1955 short story, Murkes Collected Silences, who collects the neglected pauses and hesitations edited out from between the spoken words of radio programmes. Like Murke, the structure of In Silences narrative, punctuated by gaps, preoccupies itself with the power of the caesura or pause between words, between events to disclose to us what we normally overlook as we inhabit the city.


The recorded audio component of In Silence is not itself the work. It is the basis for a work, which requires the individual experience of the subject to complete it. Each participant completes the work differently each time the work is staged; creating with every iteration something different, since the prevailing ambient sounds always interact differently with the audio narrative, with unique consequences."


all still-photographs courtesy of Stay Hungry





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Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied rooms, forensic investigation training house, Nottingham. Photographs


Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied room, forensic investigation training house. Video


Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Photograph


Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Video work



Feb 2017, 'Birdsong'.



Mar 2017 material from PKU Spring Forum, first presentation


Mar 2018 PKU Spring Forum, second presentation


Apr 2018 paper delivered to 2018 SAR conference, Plymouth


Mar 2019 PKU Spring Forum, third and final presentation



May 2017 'A performance after a performance', Voksenåsen, Video work



Aug - Oct 2017 video work: coats in corridor, chairs in gymnasium, nr. Helsinki; rolled-bedding, recently vacated apartment, Bergen


Nov 2017 the empty walls of DH's studio



Oct 2017 'Between, Before, After, Elsewhere'. Exhibition at Kunstgarasjen, Bergen


Jan 2018 KMD, image and situatedness



Feb 2018 'The objects perform themselves', Bergen. Photo & Video documentation of performance



Mar 2018 CCFT fieldwork, Agios Sozomenos, Cyprus



June 2018 initial tests with hospital ventilators. Video documentation


Apr-May 2019 'It's only when I rest that I sense your presence', installation, HKS, Bergen


Apr-May 2019 It's only when I rest that I sense your presence, text work, HKS, Bergen



July 2018 'In silence', performance, Berlin. Audio realisation of performance and photo documentation



Nov 2018 A Foreign Body: Absence, a denial of presence. Transplanting a Sitka spruce tree. Tælavåg. Video work



Feb 2019 'Foreign Bodies, Empty Rooms', Bergen Natural History Museum. Audio-visual realisation of performance


Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', installation, Bergen Natural History Museum


Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', text work, Bergen Natural History Museum


Oct 2019 The Museum's Wrong Bodies, presentation at Bergen Natural History Museum



July 2019 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (1st iteration) performed at Cracking the Established order


Oct 2019 Between our Words... (2nd iteration), performed in UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus


Feb 2020 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (3rd iteration) performance at Borealis Festival. Audio documentation



Feb - Mar 2020 abortive (pre-Covid) plans for final artistic result at Bergen Natural History Museum.


May 2020 Lecture on revised work in progress toward final artistic result, to staff and students at KMD


October 2020 Artist's book, The Wrong Bodies, based on work on the body and institutional silence, at Bergen Natural History Museum



Artistic Result



audio only realisation of In Silence (German language version)