'Simpatico - W.I.P.' - a working title.

Updated: Jan 11

Public Realm Project - with Beth Richards.


Zoom with Zanna!

Zanna and I had our first meeting to discuss whether we could in fact work together on a project. This meeting went well and was for the most part about making a plan and getting into a routine and structuring the project.

After this first meeting I began to get excited about the prospect of working with another artist, something that was part of my original plan when coming on to the MA.


Zoom with Zanna!

Today, Zanna and I had our second Zoom meeting, and the first of the new year, regarding our new collaborative project.

We discussed the direction of the project and found a place to begin our investigation.

We are considering using text, as a starting point, from the conscious writing seminar, as a portal to a more spontaneous interactive conversation.

Our next meeting is planned for Monday 11th January. We are hoping to meet at my studio to experiment with performance and will be filming the process to then reflect upon.

Within these plans we are considering the restrictions of the current Covid situation.

To be continued...



Already on our third Zoom meeting.

Zanna and I discussed meeting up to experiment with filming, but after consideration thought it best to stick to Zooming for now.

Today's meet was great, just having the opportunity to chat and discuss how we are coping in the current situation feels so healthy.

We discussed how we would both like to advance, now we cannot actually meet and experiment.

We considered attempting using the stream of consciousness exercise but then decided to work with something we had already written.

To get over the shyness and insecurity of reading our works to one another, we read one line at a time and repeated this to the end of our two poems.

This felt good but I really needed to hear Zanna's poem, as I was so busy concentrating on my own delivery that it was difficult to absorb Zanna's piece.

This led us to be brave and read our poems to on another!

This exercise worked really well, being extremely self conscious of my writing, it was a great opportunity to reveal in a secure place.

We are now sending our poems to one another to read, then I shall read Zanna's to her on our next meet, and vice versa.

We set ourselves tasks to complete before our next meeting.

We will record our own poem and attach it to some form of imagery, possibly a new piece of film, or something we already have on film.

I have decided to publish my piece here.


SO soft a touch I cannot bear

Your presence surrounds me

My emotions spilling over the edge of this nightmare

Onto the coldness of your awakening

Like lava, into the sea

Followed shortly by the strained untruth of another smile

Repetition passes by, again dragging all it carries

Unduly mine to suffer, once more

Happiness - passing me by in moments of uncomfortable distaste

Satisfaction - never really understood

An ending brings only disappointment

Now, colourful tears - I shed with no remorse

Left, plentiful in sorrow - I hard swallow my past

And smile again - in the face of my destiny

Freedom - my only wish, and death - my only chance

To return, to the place before my birth

I go willingly, led by time, shackled, only by belief

Then, and only then, will I be free to sleep without guilt

My final wish, come true


To be continued...

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