STATEMENT THING

I'm interested in the impact that networks, mobility and communication technology have on our relationships with ourselves, other people and the environment as well as on our experience of history and the ways in which histories are learned and narrated.

Much of the work I do is either collaborative or participatory. Over the past 25 years I have produced projects that have demanded close interaction with different groups of people: from my East London Council Estate neighbours (The Broadway House Photo Project) to passengers on the Trans Siberian Train (Moscow to Beijing); from small businesses and community centres in Birmingham (FRAME_) to owners of portraits by a Victorian portrait artist (The George Richmond Portrait Project). I work with photography (analogue & digital, mobile phones and screen-grabs), video, performance, drawing, slide shows, songs, text, participatory, web-based, selling and curatorial intervention - including some in the public domain.

Since 2014, I've been working in un/easy collaboration with #Sergina - a drag queen person/a born out of parties in Berlin in the late 00's, entering my work a few years later. #Sergina is an open source identity who can be played (out) not only by me but by others too, in different physical places. In #Sergina's Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself up to (so far!) five performers dressed the same, lipsyncing to the same songs at the same time, perform to live audiences but also those online, linked up by Google Hangout, and live broadcast via YouTube.

I can be found online in several places; offline usually in either Felixstowe or London.

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William Blake Richmond by his Father George in the house of their descendant Christopher in London - from The George Richmond Portrait Project