Four In a Forest: A Bedtime Story

Earlier in September, I was invited by Knowle West Media Centre to write a ‘bedtime story for an artists’ at their Artist Hotel sleepover.

I borrowed guided relaxation techniques from solution-focused hypnotherapy (thanks, Emma Edwards / Shine for tips on doing so safely), animal creation myths, and lovely rhyming bedtime stories: a bit of A A Milne lyricism, a splash of Dr Seuss sass, with some Channel 4 reality formats thrown in…

The story used the animal characters and dreamy rhyme to invite the artists present (and now you) to become relaxed, and explore ideas of home, hospitality – to picture a scenario where we invite everyone in, to a perfect home, for a perfect soiree.

So I recorded the script as I read it, here – so find yourself somewhere comfy for a sit down and to relax with it – ideally before bed. And especially if you’re hosting, or going to be hosting, any kind of soiree, workshop, or event.

I hope that the story generates some interesting images in your unconscious of perfect hospitality – and feel free to comment below with any experiences and reflections about these themes.

Happy New Year & Happy New Projects

Well, it’s been quite an adventure over the Festive Pause – we’ve been away in Europe and, alas, our car conked out while there…This precipitated various transport escapades to get us – and our small dog – back to Blighty by Monday this week…Still: such things are stories in the making. And so it might well become one on here once I’ve taken some time to sit and jot it all down.

IN OTHER (EXCITING) NEWS: Having managed to write a proposal for it while on the move, I’m delighted to announce that the excellent Paul Hurley and I will be (collectively) one of two lead artists on an exciting project in Bristol, with the excellent Knowle West Media Centre.

The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing will aim to develop a “new framework for running inclusive, community-driven digital projects that involve sensor technologies”. Paul and I will be working as artists in multi-disciplinary teams, to engage creatively in this process.

What kinds of sensing tools and data are useful to the community, rather than centralised organisations, corporations, or government? And how can we make the data they produce visible, beautiful, relevant, inspiring? Can it be performed, or made into poetry – and how can this spur people into taking action for their communities…?

These are very big, very exciting questions – and ones I’m looking forward to working on through dialogue, exploration and creation.

Things get going next week, so I’ll post up more information once we’re further into the process…