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A Drifters Guide to Urban Wandering

A Drifters Guide to Urban Wandering

So here it is, my first ‘product’! Brought about by my curiosity about urban spaces and my research, I have produced a pocket sized pack of cards called A Drifters Guide to Urban Wandering. They will be available to buy here from 1st Dec. Firstly, here is a little about…

The art of communication- A thought experiment

The art of communication- A thought experiment

How can I create art in the public realm that communicates clearly to it’s audience? The research project I’ve been working on over the past 2 months grew from this question and out of the anxiety that, regardless of my ability to identify what is important to people, if I can’t communicate it…

From Appearing into Being

From Appearing into Being

One of the unmistakable draws of any town or city centre is shopping, and it heavily controls how we use these public spaces (as we discovered in this previous blog post). People sometimes shop out of necessity but more interestingly people shop for pleasure. But what is at the root…

“The Hacienda Must Be Built”

“The Hacienda Must Be Built”

While ever-present ‘social networking’ dominates our online lives it could be said that our real, physical interactions are becoming fewer, more niche and more isolated from each other. It is easy to see why; Our thirst for companionship, connection and validation can be quenched at the tap of a screen. The convenience of…

We need to talk about Hanley…and the living body.

We need to talk about Hanley…and the living body.

During my recent interview with the Urban Planner, Mick Downs, I asked a series of questions about the geography of the area I’m studying and the validity of some of the artistic methods I am developing. My next question was What, geographically speaking, prevents the people of Stoke-on-Trent connecting with each other…