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a love letter

Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Art, Design, High Cross House, Place, Writing | Comments Off on a love letter

a love letter

  I’ve finally published my book written in response to an artist residency in the summer of 2013 at High Cross House. The epitaph to a golden era of modern architecture, of educational philosophy, and of selfless giving reduced me to tears (for what is and for what was). I fell in love, for so many reasons. You can read it...

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This week’s radio show

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in High Cross House, Radio & Podcasts | Comments Off on This week’s radio show

This week’s radio show

I’ve uploaded the next episode of Richard Povall’s Emporium of Sound, which features material from my sound installation currently on at High Cross House. The House is open Wednesdays to Sundays and the show is on until around the middle of November. Find it here  

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Out of the house

Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Art, High Cross House, Place, Writing | Comments Off on Out of the house

Out of the house

Well, it’s out of my house anyway. Yesterday I installed ‘teatime‘ in the former kitchen at High Cross House, on an original piece of kitchen furniture designed (we think) by Lescaze and built by Staverton Builders specifically for the house. The original plan was for the piece to sit on the sideboard in the Dining Room, but for the usual last-minute logistical reasons, it’s going in the Kitchen instead. I’m happy, partly because of the piece of furniture it’s sitting on, and partly because it’s in a...

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Radio prog today

Posted by on September 19, 2013 in High Cross House, Radio & Podcasts | Comments Off on Radio prog today

Radio prog today

If you’re around in south Devon, listen to my radio show at 10am on Soundart Radio 1025fm, or listen here. You can sneak preview or listen again┬áto all the other programmes here. Play High Cross House blog  ...

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Soundfiles from ‘teatime’

Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Art, High Cross House, Radio & Podcasts | Comments Off on Soundfiles from ‘teatime’

Soundfiles from ‘teatime’

I’ve posted some of the soundfiles from the teatime that opens next Wednesday (25th) at High Cross House in Devon. By way of a sneak preview… Of course, you can always come and see the real thing. Or read the blog.  ...

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teatime: an installation

Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Art, High Cross House, Place | Comments Off on teatime: an installation

teatime: an installation

This installation is at High Cross House in Devon from Wednesday September 25 2013 to Sunday November 17. The house is open 10.30 to 5 Wednesday to Sunday. There is an admission charge if you are not a National Trust member. Find out more

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What’s in a name?

Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Art, High Cross House | Comments Off on What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

What we now know as High Cross House was originally known as ‘High Cross Hill’. I had assumed that this name had been consigned to history once the house was completed (it’s always referred to by Curry and in the architect’s plans as High Cross Hill). However for some reason I was recently looking at the listing of properties in the UK which are listed for protection. There are, not surprisingly, quite a number of very old and not so old buildings on the Dartington Estate that are listed, and I noticed that the listing...

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Behind the scenes

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Design, High Cross House | Comments Off on Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

The bits you don’t usually get to see. When I’m making technology for installations, my primary goal is to make the technology as utterly transparent as I can. That means you don’t get to see the clunky and messy bits, only the sheer elegance and simplicity of the final design. Working. As I’ve been developing the tea tray, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in wire and solder trying to perfect a system that’s not only transparent to the audience in High Cross House (many of whom are not used to interacting with...

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Moving out

Posted by on August 19, 2013 in High Cross House | Comments Off on Moving out

Moving out

Hard to believe that the residency is already over, and so much more to do! It was my last day on Friday so I duly have moved out and on. However I’ll be returning to the House in a couple of weeks (ulp) to install the teaset piece, and today is my deadline for making the artist statement and piece description. I still have rather a long way to go before being certain that the internal bits (the technology) will work and the external bits (the content and the design) will be rich enough. I do know that I need to gather more voices and I...

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A curious change

Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Design, High Cross House | Comments Off on A curious change

A curious change

Very busy day in the House today. There has been a curious change today, which feels coincidental rather than having any particular meaning. It’s been a rainy (not very, but mizzly enough to ‘feel’ rainy) day, and it’s the middle of the school holidays so the house has been very busy with family groups and other holidaymakers (what a curiously old-fashioned ring that word has). However curiouser and curiouser the crowd that has come through today has felt much more engaged in the house than on many other days: children...

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