From a series of collaborations exploring ideas of identity;  how we are perceived, how we perceive ourselves and how we might confuse or subvert expectations . This image was made with costume designer Pam Tait  in response to the idea that with ageing we are expected to become invisible. Earlier posts show further collaborations


at what point to we consider something to be ‘rubbish’ and how do we dispose of stuff?

Charity shops are the go-to repository for pre-loved items. Endless possibilities of new relationships formed between items can be found on the shelves and bargain bins of these emporia

Sensuous Materials – Food


The diner is served from the right with a plate containing some black olives, fennel hearts and kumquats. From the left he is served with a rectangle made of sandpaper, silk and velvet. The foods must be carried directly to the mouth with the right hand while the left hand lightly and repeatedly strokes the tactile rectangle. In the meantime the waiters spray the napes of the diners’ necks with a conprofumo [perfume] of carnations while from the kitchen comes contemporaneously a violent conrumore [music] of an aeroplane motor and some dismusica [music] by Bach.

from the Futurist Cookbook by F.T. Marinetti c.1932
more about Marinetti’s book at Maria Popova’s blog

The innovation foundation nesta asked post graduate students at UCL to consider how we might devise a research programme to think about social dining. Do people eat together more … or less these days? Under what circumstances do they want to do it?

The Futurist Cookbook by artist and poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti inspired a sensory workshop to think about these issues.

The following interventions were proposed and tested:

aural interventions – eating with various sounds being played through earphones.

unusual tools – using items not normally associated with food and inventing new sorts of eating implements

gustatory challenges – strange food combinations

discomfort – trying to eat while balancing on a wobbly surface or being fed by another person

how does it feel to be fed by someone you don’t know very well, how can noise be made more or less bothersome and how do physical difficulties affect the eating process

The workshop is playful and challenging. This is embodied learning; performing an action as opposed to simply imagining it. When participants are all from different cultures the experience reveals valuable insights into human reactions to the sensual qualities of food and environmental conditions

Urban camouflage

from the hide/disguise series work-in-progress

Part of the  ‘camouflage’ series of images which addresses how we present ourselves and how we negotiate the idea that we must somehow ‘fit in’ but also ‘stand out’  from the crowd.


We seek protection: from the elements, from each other, from the world. How we manage this depends on our psychological and material resources – we usually feel they are inadequate.  These images are from a series called ‘protective devices’ made with the performer John Callaghan


Fake Hair


‘wigs’ and ‘beards’ – an inevitable theme in the ‘disguise’ series. It was only after I published the first images that I realised that this is reprising a project that I was involved with several years ago with artist Joanne Wardrop

false facial hair for women – a video-piece inspired by some wispy straw sideburns exhibited in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford accompanied by this label

These symbols of manhood were worn by the (Angolan) bride for a short time after the wedding ceremony before moving into her husband’s home

During the project, archive footage came to light, revealing that the hair pieces were used in a  performance that could be understood as an extended ‘hen party’.