Markings Festival, 8-9 July 2016

This weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of helping to curate and produce the Markings Festival of Illustration and Performance at University of the Arts London and House of Illustration. One of the major components of the festival was the Markings symposium held on Friday 8th July. There was a wonderful, varied programme that included lectures focusing on theoretical and historical intersections of illustration and performance, artist’s talks, performed essays, and communal drawing. The whole thing was enlivened by the presence of three outstanding cartoonists who took on the... Read The Rest →

Deleuze, Bacon and Groensteen


Here’s a page that I used to accompany last week’s presentation at the RNUAL (Research Network University of the Arts London) symposium at London College of Fashion. The basic idea was about the things that exist on the page, or canvas, before we start making marks. In “The Logic of Sensation“, Gilles Deleuze describes how when a “fine art” painter approaches the canvas, it’s full of “figurative givens” – that is, all of the cliched, pre-existing ideas about figuration that the painter has absorbed, from art history, photography, film, etc.... Read The Rest →

Score and Script


Here’s a pdf of a paper I gave about Score and Script at a symposium at CSM in March 2013. This was originally presented at Transitions in November 2012, but this version is more substantial – we had 30 minutes instead of the usual 20 at the CSM event, and I’d only received a few pages at the time of the Transitions paper. More pages came in after this paper was presented, so if you want to read my most recent attempts at analysing the results of this collaborative experiment,... Read The Rest →

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