Current | Future
A poetry sequence presented as a live performance and audio recording in 2015. The poems in IMSLI are inspired by the ballads of Ozark folk singer Almeda Riddle, re-sited into the landscape of the Essex/Suffolk border. The piece had its debut 7 November, 2015, at Spill Festival of Performance, with a CD/booklet released by Eighth Climate audio press (now available as a download from bandcamp).
Public Record: Estuary
Documentary poems written from 19th-century reports of sea disasters in the Thames Estuary near Southend and Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and experienced as audio performances on a walk around Leigh. Debuts November, 2013, as part of the Shorelines festival of the sea. Also includes a piece created with year-5 students to debut as part of On The Line, a show of railway inspired artwork by Essex kids in Summer, 2013. Relaunch of the piece, with new performances, as part of the Estuary Festival, September, 2016.
The Old Weird Albion
A book of journeys, setting forth into the foggy underculture of the South Downs Way in search of an alternate vision of English identity. Forthcoming from Penned in the Margins press in the autumn of 2016.
Past | Ongoing
An exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Wood Street Galleries of contemporary British landscape artists. Pastoral Noir features artists working in new, immersive examinations of the sublime and the picturesque, within and beyond the British landscape tradition: Corbel Stone Press, Tessa Farmer, Jem Finer, Ghost Box Records, Tony Heywood & Alison Condie and Superconductor. Open 22 January-3 April, 2016.
A course for writers and artists, held in the galleries at Tate Britain, exploring new takes on traditional ideas in British landscape art and writing – from Constable and Wordsworth to Tessa Farmer and Sukhdev Sandhu.
Fourth River: Ley Line
An audio poem cycle based on work done for the Ley Line show. Poems of and about Pittsburgh and its South Oakland neighborhood. Released as an album download. Includes found sound, music by The Belbury Poly & Host Skull, liner-note art by Lisa Toboz, and poems read by Justin Hopper and grand-dame of English folk music, Shirley Collins.
Imagining the Landscape
A five-week course at Tate Britain looking the British landscape through the lens of contemporary psychogeographers and new-nature writers, using the Tate’s collections to explore how societal changes are reflected in artists’ imagination of our environment.
The City & the City: Artwork by London Writers
A curated show of cross-disciplinary artwork by writers whose work examines the idea of “the city” in modern, placeless life. Included Caroline Bergvall, Rod Dickinson & Tom McCarthy, Rachel Lichtenstein, Chris Petit & Iain Sinclair, and Sukhdev Sandhu. Curated by Justin Hopper.
Ley Line at Assemble Gallery
An artist-curated show of work created from a series of conceptual walks across Pittsburgh’s South Oakland neighborhood. Included Ashley Andrykovitch, Nina Marie Barbuto, David Bernabo & Host Skull, Justin Hopper, Anne Roecklein, Lisa Toboz, and Emily Walley. Curated by Justin Hopper & Emily Walley. Spin-off work to be released in 2013.
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Documentary poems written from 19th-century Pittsburgh crime reports and experienced as audio performances in the sites of the original events via mobile phone.
Public Record: Pittsburgh (book)
The handmade book of Public Record’s poems includes original illustrations by seven Pittsburgh artists, ‘tipped-in’ as individual prints.
Acts of Enclosure
Work about cultural fragmentation and the forced obsolescence of the public sphere, created through the Dislocations series of live and online conversations.
Music | Audio Works
A chronology of music projects and other audio-based works, including lots of free downloads.