A Journey Around My Skull

DESIGN, LIGHTING DESIGN, PERFORMANCE

I collaborated with Kiln Ensemble to design the set and lighting for this solo performance by Olivia Winteringham, one of Kiln’s co-artistic directors.

Created on a tiny budget, the design locates the performance in an ambiguous, slightly unheimlich room: part consultant’s office, part operating theatre, part voyeuristic medical dream-space.

For a key moment in the show – live brain surgery(!) – I made a bespoke “head” for Olivia to “operate” on. Adapted from a retail display moulding, I designed and installed internal LEDs and biaural microphones.

Photos © Johnathan Blackwood, 2014.

Midsummer Night’s Dreaming

ART, DIGITAL, WRITING

Midsummer Night’s Dreaming (aka #dream40) was an experiment in digital storytelling by the RSC and Google Creative Labs. Playing out in real time over midsummer weekend (21-23 June 2013) a cast of  actors performed the play live, accompanied online by a host of new characters.

As part of the core creative team, I wrote and made original text and visual content for this unique online performance.

The Wake – A book for the year

BOOKS, DESIGN

As the final part of The Wake, I conceived and designed a small book on behalf of Jane Packman Company. The book was created as a gift for our audiences, and whilst I’m not going to tell you about the contents of the book – that’s between us and those aforementioned audiences – suffice to say that it’s a unique and lovely thing that was a pleasure to make.

If you’re interested, it’s a 56pp custom format book, digitally printed onto FSC stock, perfect bound and hand finished. The tree image on the cover is an illustration by Barney George.

Photo © Ben Pacey 2013

Tweets for the Birds

BOOKS

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Here’s a glimpse of a book which I designed and made as a gift to celebrate the wedding of some brilliant friends.

I invited friends and family of the couple to share tweet-sized messages and photos on twitter, or by email, in the run-up to – and during – the wedding. Afterwards, I collated all the (digital) contributions into a (hand made) book. New media presented as old.

Making the book was very satisfying, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It was printed using an inkjet printer onto recycled papers, and the book was trimmed and bound by hand using a simple Japanese book-binding technique.

Photo © Ben Pacey 2012

A Thousand Shards of Glass

PERFORMANCE, WRITING

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A Thousand Shards of Glass is a performance narrative which I wrote for Jane Packman Company in 2012.

“The rhythmn of the text alternates between rhapsodic chanting and the feeling of bullets breaking a shop window…” – TOTAL THEATRE

 

 

 

I’d been thinking about agency: our ability to take action to change the the world, and the frustrations of feeling like taking such action is impossible, or pointless.