Tactile Tactics: Yarn Installations in Public Urban Spaces Or/ Ariadne’s Employment

This piece is from a presentation given in 2013, and part of a series of writings about tactical practices using urban public spaces. ____________________________________________________ Tactile Tactics: Yarn Installations in Public Urban Spaces Or/ Ariadne’s Employment What I would like to present today is some strands of the research I have been exploring with regards to the… Continue reading Tactile Tactics: Yarn Installations in Public Urban Spaces Or/ Ariadne’s Employment

The Place of Theatre in the Films of Max Ophuls

The films of Max Ophuls are testaments to a period of intense turmoil which transformed Europe between the early 1930s and the mid-1950. As films they are sources to the aesthetic and political tensions of the age, but also a profound reflection on the rise of cinema, particularly sound cinema, as the dominant form of… Continue reading The Place of Theatre in the Films of Max Ophuls

Walking in the footsteps of W.G.Sebald [Part 1]

This piece is an extract from a longer piece about my walk up the Suffolk coastline, following the footsteps of W.G.Sebald's work The Rings of Saturn. By walking this landscape, which I had mentally drawing and redrawn in my head many times whilst reading the book, I endeavored to explore the inner recesses of Sebalds motivations and… Continue reading Walking in the footsteps of W.G.Sebald [Part 1]

Thread Radio Projects

In June 2013, I was involved in the Thread Radio project as part of a series on the theme of 'Sin'. The Thread is a free conversational space that goes beyond the university, a place where complex ideas can flourish in public dialogue. Created and produced by PhD students from the London Consortium, it brings artists,… Continue reading Thread Radio Projects

London Through The Lens: The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

When describing his influences for the film Get Carter (1971), the acclaimed director Mike Hodges cited two films which had supremely fueled his gritty portrayal of cockney criminality. The first being Brighton Rock (1947) the film derived from Graham Greene’s book of criminality centering on the young psychopathic ‘Pinkie’. And the second, much less well known,was The Small World of… Continue reading London Through The Lens: The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

Review: Madame De (1953)

A much-underrated director and supreme stylist, Max Ophuls is having a renaissance with a series at the British Film Institute this February that should not be missed. His films, spanning the 1930s to the mid-50s, are beautiful models of melodrama, with femme fatales, longing lovers and doomed romances. Ophuls began his career in German theatre and radio,… Continue reading Review: Madame De (1953)