Public Talks & Performances
(2005 - ongoing)

A lot of my work manifests itself in the form of performance lectures that take place in theatres and galleries across the world. Originally conceived for a performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, one such piece is The Performativity of Matter. Most recently, this work has becoming The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings. In 2012, a version of this was performed on stage at The Centre for Fine Arts, Belgium, as part of TEDx Brussels.

2018

  • Material Matters, Creative Fuse North East, Newcastle, July 2018.
  • Performing Matter Objecting StuffUAL Chelsea College of Arts, June 2018.
  • Becoming a Materials Farmer, Future Foundry, June 2018.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, May 2018.
  • Material Matters, Shape to Fabrication Conference, London, April 2018.
  • Radical Matter, The Design Museum, March 2018.

2017

  • The Altar of Destruction, Tate Modern, 2017.
  • KAPUTT: The Academy of Destruction, Tate Modern, 2017.
  • A Museum of Modern Nature, Wellcome Collection, London, 2017.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2017.
  • Materials, Collaboration and Competitive Competence, Women of Steel, Sheffield, 2017.
  • The Institute of Making and Matters of Material, Google, London, 2017.

2016

  • Performing Matter, Blue Ribbon Studio, Nike, Portland, USA, 2016. 
  • Collaboration & Interdisciplinarity: 11 Traps & Tips, Wellcome Collection, 2016.
  • Performing Matter, The Royal Institution, London, 2016.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, UCL, London, 2016.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, Institute of Making, London, 2016.
  • Performing Matter: Objecting Stuff, St Mary's College, 2016.
  • Performing Matter: Objecting Stuff, London College of Communication, UAL, London, 2016.
  • Materials: Delight and Tyranny, Derby Silk Mill, Derby, 2016.

2015

  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, Architecture Association, London, 2015.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, The Bartlett, London, 2015.
  • Copper and Other Capers, Wellcome Collection, London, 2015.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Wellcome Collection, London, 2015.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, Thomas Heatherwick Studio, London, 2015.
  • Material Memory, Wellcome Collection, London, 2015.
  • Wonderstuff, Northland Glass, Scotland, 2015.
  • Wonderstuff, Soho House, London, 2015.
  • Sound and Materials, Royal College of Art, London, 2015.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, The Royal Institution, London, 2015.

2014

  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 2014.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, EU Commission, Brussels, 2014.
  • Wonderstuff, Science Showoff, Bloomsbury Theatre, London, February 2014.
  • Invisibility, Camden arts Centre, London, February 2014. 
  • A Maker Movement, MadLab, Manchester, 2014.
  • Materials/Form/Function, Engineering Design Innovation, Birmingham, 2014.
  • Materials & Making, Product Innovation Congress, Berlin, Germany, March 2014.
  • Sound and Materials, London Design Week, 2014.
  • Makerspaces, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), HM Government, London, 2014.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings, Dartmoor Arts, 2014.
  • Demo Challenge, Cheltenham Science Festival, 2014.
  • The Performativity of Matter: Behind the Scenes, Royal College of Art, London, 2014.

2013

  • Matter & Measurement, The Research of All, Hamburg, Germany, 2013.
  • Wonderstuff, The Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013.
  • Future Materials & Making, V&A, London, 2013.
  • The Performativity of Matter, BBC Broadcasting House, London, 2013.
  • Materials & Making,  BBC Bush House, London, 2013.
  • Demo Challenge, Cheltenham Science Festival, 2013.
  • Time Based Materials, Petri Museum, 2013.
  • Taste of Materials, Design Biennale, France, 2013.
  • Copper Smelt, Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2013. 
  • Measuring The Impossible, Kampnagle, Hamburg, Germany, 2013.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 2013.

2012

  • The Performativity of Matter, The Barbican Centre, London, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Berlin, London, 2012.
  • Materials Futures, RCA, London, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Thomas Heatherwick Studio, London, 2012.
  • Materials and Making, Somerset House, London, 2012.
  • Matter of Fact, Museums Showoff, London, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, TEDx Brussels, 2012.
  • Hearing Shapes, Bethnal Green Library, 2012.
  • Material Matters, Black Dog Gallery, London, 2012.
  • Make, The National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Prague, 2012.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland, 2012. 

2011

  • Materials Matters, Work Gallery, London, 2011.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The Barbican Centre, London, 2011.
  • Liquids, Fundus Theater, Hamburg, Germany, May and June 2011.
  • Biscuits, Cheltenham Science Festival, 2011.
  • Performing Matter, Undead, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany, 2011.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Sheffield University, 2011.
  • Material Matters, Soho House, London 2011.
  • Materialise, London College of Fashion, London, 2011.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 2011.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Beursschouwburg Theatre, Brussels, 2011.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The Maxwell Lecture, King's College London, 2011.
  • The Sensoaesthetics of Materials, Shefield Hallam University, Shefield, 2011.

2010

  • Liquids, Fundus Theater, Hamburg, Germany, September and December, 2010.
  • The Performativity of Matter, The School of Life, London, 2010.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Kampnagel Summer Festival, Hamburg, Germany, 2010.
  • The Taste of Materials, 100% Design, London, 2010. 
  • The Senso-Aesthetics of Materials: Testing Liquidity, Fundus Theater, Hamburg, Germany, June and August 2010.
  • The Sensoaesthetics of Objects, Craft Rally, Chelsea College of Art, University of The Arts, London 2010.
  • How Objects Perform How Materials Behave, Queen Mary’s, University of London, London 2010.
  • The Taste of Materials, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London 2010.

2009

  • The Taste of Materials, Talk, 100% Materials, 100% Design, London, 2009. 
  • The Wonders of Stuff, Talk, Women in Science, Science Museum, London, 2009. 
  • The Sound of Materials, Performance and Talk, STUK Arts Centre, Leaven, Belgium, 2009.
  • Material Landscapes, opening and closing addresses as Invited Interlocutor, Living Landscapes, UWA, Wales, 2009.
  • The Wonders of Stuff, South Bank University, London, 2009. 
  • Towards a Materials Library, Architecture Association, London, 2009.
  • Materiality and Parkour, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 2009.
  • The Taste of Inedible Materials, Pangborn, Italy, 2009.
  • Imagining Matter, Zaha Haidid Architects, London. 2009.
  • Towards a Materials Library, Slade School of Fine Art, London, 2009.

2008

  • Materials, 176 Gallery, London, 2008. 
  • Material Matters, Kenetica, London, 2008. 
  • Micro, Macro and Smelting Melting Casting, Royal College of Art, 2008. 
  • Materials Matter, 100% Materials, 100% Design, London, 2008. 
  • The Performativity of Matter, Performance Lecture, ICA, London 2008. 
  • The Materials Library, LCACE, London, 2008. 
  • What Materials Get Up To, Nottingham Cinema Arts Centre, 2008. 
  • What Can The Matter Be? II Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London, 2008.
  • The Performativity of Matter, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, 2008.
  • Materials for the Advancement of Conceptualisation, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, London 2008. 
  • Investigating the Acoustic Properties of Materials with Tuning Forks, Materials Sensation, Pau, France 2008.
  • Building a Materials Library using an Isomorphic Methodology, Materials Sensation, Pau, France 2008.

2007

  • The Sound of Materials, Performance and Talk, Tate Modern, London, 2007.
  • The Wonders of Stuff, South Bank University, London, 2007. 
  • The Wonders of Stuff, University of The Arts, London, 2007. 
  • The Sound of Materials, 100% Materials, 100% Design, London, 2007. 
  • The Materials Library, King’s College London, London, 2007.
  • What Can the Matter Be? Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London, 2007. 
  • The Materials Library, Department of Materials, Sheffield University, Sheffield, 2007. 
  • Landscapes Within Liquids, Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference, London, 2007.
  • A Sound Forecast, Prognosen uber Bewegungen, University of Berlin, 2007.

2006

  • Sugar, The Universe and Nothing, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, 2006.
  • Sugar, The Universe and Nothing, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, 2006.
  • Materials of Invention: A Construction Materials Library for London, The Building Centre, London, 2006.
  • Materials Library Presents given at the Science in The Making conference at King’s College London, 2006.
  • Materials For The Advancement of Conceptualisation, South Bank University, London, 2006.
  • The Role of Materials Libraries, TMS conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 2006.
  • The Essence of Fluorescence, Artist talks at the Hayward Gallery, 2006.

2005

  • Impermanence & Materials, Impermanence, Tate Modern, London, 2005. 
  • Material Matters, Materials Library, Kings College London, London, 2005.
  • Sugar, The Universe and Nothing, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, 2005.
  • Materials for The Advancement of Conceptualisation, at the Rules of Engagement conference, York University, 2005.
  • Sugar, The Universe and Nothing. A performance lecture given as part of The Articulate Practitioner conference of The Magdalena Project, 2005.
  • Presented as part of the panel The Digital in Art at the Practice As Research In Performance (PARIP) conference, Leeds University, 2005.
  • Sugar, The Universe and Nothing, at the Towards Tomorrow conference, The Centre for Performance Research, Wales, 2005.

 
 The Royal Institution, 2016.

The Royal Institution, 2016.

 Institute of Making, 2014.

Institute of Making, 2014.

 Nike, 2016.

Nike, 2016.

 Kampnagel, 2010.

Kampnagel, 2010.

 Institute of Making, 2015.

Institute of Making, 2015.

 The Royal Institution, 2016.

The Royal Institution, 2016.

 Architecture Association, 2015.

Architecture Association, 2015.

 Kampnagel, 2010.

Kampnagel, 2010.