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


This very slight piece of writing has proven significant in the development of my research. Creative, speculative writing and more specifically what might be described as a tentative practice of “site writing” had already begun to become a part of my practice by the time of its creation; not least with my presentation at the Bergen Natural History Museum, in February 2019, but the creation of this short piece represented a novel approach to my artistic writing, which had up to this point focused on a longer form and on a conventional, albeit playful narrative, which was nonetheless written to unfold a thesis, using a relatively unambiguous voice.


Although my writing has always been a tool for allowing me to think about my research, here, not only the form of the writing, but also its orientation to the research process has become qualitatively different.


I found myself writing not only in response to the process of making ‘It’s only when I rest, that I sense your presence’ (the ventilator installation, I created for HKS), but also in response to my own experience of the completed gallery installation; the words of my writing becoming a part of the process through which I learned about and from my experience of the installation.


Rather than try to use my writing forensically, to pin-down the precise nature of that experience, here, my approach became deliberately allusive and fragmentary; the voice adopting the position of an often imperative first person singular; an “I” whose position and identity (possibly human, possibly machine) is not clear.




It’s only when I rest that I sense your presence





Bodies in space;

Bodies in space, breathing; My body in a space, breathing.












The body activates the space;

My body; This is not my body; What are these bodies to my body?



Hold your breath!









Between speech, between breath, between the occupation of a space;

In the intervals, in the gaps, you and I are becoming.










Oct-Dec 2016, rolled bedding, recently vacated apartment room, Nygardsgaten, Bergen. Photograph 


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