Stitching soft matter is an artist book featuring performances of touch, drawing, sewing, photography, pandemic touch journals, pull-out scores and a short essay on touch touching itself. This project continued throughout the pandemic and the book has become a place to share all the materials and relationships developed during this time. It feels good to have something to share and hand to people in the physical world… Book launch on 31 January at ARC, University of Read More
I have been engaged in an unfolding processual work with the Afon Dulais river that flows close to my home since 2006, a practice of listening to the river’s shifting seasonal frequencies whilst attempting to materialise these in sound. Immersing myself physically within the river I use the machinic sensitivity of a Fender Stratocaster to allow places of eddy, surface movement and interference in the river’s body to express themselves through the guitar’s strings. I am interested in Read More
Snag – a movement workshop with Cai Tomos and Simon Whitehead on Harlech beach Saturday 9th April 11am-4.30pm Cai Tomos & Simon Whitehead have known each other for many years, they first met on Harlech beach in 1996 during a movement workshop that Simon was facilitating. In this new workshop they return to Harlech to share a recent collaborative practice, ‘Snag’. Snag has developed during the pandemic, it is a live process of moving in relationship Read More
Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 2021 Vol. 12, No. 2, 285–295, Click on link: 19443927.2021
The Re-pair videos are now available on youtube, 3 short films with dance artists Amaara Raheem and Joanna Young, Simon Ellis and Saffy Setohy, Jennifer Monson and Neil Callaghan. Made during lockdown in March and April 2021 the films provide a window into the dancers lives and their attempts to perform touch together in all the awkwardness, beauty and sadness of the times.
Re-pair As a way of experimenting with how dance can re-pair itself, this project asks 6 dancers from different parts of the world to pair with each other in order to re-think the analogue in the digital. Each dancer will be sent a score, emerging from the stitched gloves that I am making for the soft matter project (http://simonwhitehead.net/2020/05/07/soft-matter-process/) and asked to improvise with the objects that they will then share with the dancer they are paired with. Read More