The implicit focus of my research is relationship and communication, spirituality and empathy, with self, other and environment. I’m interested in the role that computers and telecommunications technologies have had in shaping, disrupting and disguising human beings’ relationships as mortal members of a finite world.
I believe that artistic inquiry and research-creation helps us to make sense of the membranes that separate and connect us — whether they be personal, cultural, infrastructural, environmental, bureaucratic, dogmatic, political, economic or social.
In my artistic research practice, I set about to both make and study meeting-places where we can take what is given, even if it is hidden-in-plain-sight, and to render it strange and radically present. I have developed a technique for facilitating processes of defamiliarisation that allow us to figure our contexts, our languages, our habits, our histories, our realities anew. I’ve been developing this technique since 2013, in collaboration with artists and engineers, and I call it Engineering Fictions. It is a facilitated yet co-creative process that takes very simple actions such as ‘preparing to think’ and ‘preparing to listen’, conversation, writing and reading to create a meeting place for generous and critical thought together.