May 2020 Lecture to KMD staff and students on work in progress

I came away from this recent (Zoom) presentation I gave to staff and students at KMD, thinking that I had in fact already created all the work that was necessary in order to demonstrate my research’s insights. DH (my supervisor) for his part, regarded my presentation and specifically, its explicit (public) weaving-together of the different strands of my research, as itself a significant act and by implication, also a necessary one in terms of concluding my research.


He has suggested that the lecture I gave, could stand as the model for a summative, live, public presentation, which would allow me to interweave existing material and selected works of my making, representing the different but complementary strands in my research, in order to frame a series of propositions, define my work’s position and articulate its thesis. The implication being that such a lecture could itself stand as my “final artistic result”, for the purposes of the PhD.


I’ve been reflecting on this discussion and, acknowledging the need to demonstrate my research’s overall trajectory, I can see the desirability, indeed the advisability of a public act of drawing the different strands of the research together. I’d been hoping that simply presenting these strands and explaining their relationships to my examiners in my written reflection would be enough to elucidate how their different contributions to my research project complemented one another. Creating a public work which explicitly sets out to explore these relationships is a step I hadn’t contemplated until Duncan pointed out that this was what the Monday Lecture was effectively doing, and in so doing, to his mind, it became a piece of work in its own right.


I can make a compelling case that such a work serves an important, summative purpose, however, beyond the utility of such a final presentation for my project, this approach to creating a final artistic outcome - where my creative effort is focused on what has been described as ‘casting a spoken, performative spell’ and which also allows the audience into the often very different “spaces” with which I’m working - also feels consistent with my emergent practice of writing in response to my activities at such sites as the museum and with my nascent autofictional writing and performance. In contrast with my initial proposal for a series of summative installations at the museum, this proposed final work is something I feel more personally invested in.


In practical terms, the precedents in my research, for such an activity are – beyond the recent Monday Lecture itself – my presentation at the Natural History Museum, in October 2019 and also my presentation at the same museum in January 2019.







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