A book about the persistent relevance of the American frontier, for better and for worse, on the popular imagination in the twenty-first century, and how its impact on the American imagination, in particular, continues to mutate its culture and politics in unforeseen ways.
Work in Progress | More information TBC
One or Several Mothers: Adoption and Subjectivity
A book that considers the post-adoption experience as a fundamentally philosophical journey.
Beginning with an exploration of the role of displacement and multiplicity within the history of psychoanalysis, with particular attention paid to the works of Sigmund Freud and Deleuze and Guattari (and their later reception among successive feminist movements).
This book will also consider adjacent cultural experiences of subjective alienation, primarily those found within modernist literature. We will explore these experiences through studies of the works of Emily Brontë, Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier, and D.H. Lawrence.
These readings will then extend outwards into a xenofeminist reading of the family as a social institution and the role of adoptive experience in describing the under-explored contours of its desired abolition.
Work in Progress | Forthcoming from Repeater Books
Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher
Many admirers of Fisher’s work — myself included — came to his writings through identifications with these most personal of experiences. This mode of writing was, for many, Mark’s most affective critical register. However, Fisher’s writings on depression were not in themselves depressive. Their power lay in their immanence to his emotional state and his talent for making the affects of this state transductive. The question painfully remains: why did this process, in the end, not work for Fisher himself? Or rather, why did it stop working? Whatever the answer, it does not mean that his writings must stop working for us here, right now. Such a question is central to the Fisher-Function, making it necessary to contend with the political problematics of mental health discourses honestly and from a place where the personal and political implications of Mark’s thought feels most explicit; from a place of lingering grief and abject depression where the rupture both necessitates a renewed intensity of productive thought and makes traumatically thinkable the act of following Fisher through to the void.
Egress is the first book to consider the legacy and work of the writer, cultural critic and cult academic Mark Fisher.
Narrated in the orbit of his death as experienced by a community of friends and students in 2017, it analyses Fisher’s philosophical trajectory, from his days as a PhD student at the University of Warwick to the development of his unfinished book on Acid Communism.
Egress considers the politics of death and community in a way that is indebted to Fisher’s own forms of cultural criticism, ruminating on personal experience in the hope of making it productively impersonal.
Book | 309 pages | March 2020 | £12.99 | Published by Repeater Books
Your Wilderness Revisited
Vinyl / CD / Download | 45 mins | September 2019 | Download via Bandcamp
Made in collaboration with Marta Dos Santos, Tape #2 was an edition-of-one mixtape handmade in 2017 with tape player and letterpress. Now sold out, you can listen back to the mix here.
Cassette | 90 mins | 2017 | Self-Released
Made in collaboration with Marta Dos Santos, Tape #1 was an edition-of-one mixtape handmade in 2016 with tape player and letterpress. Now sold out, you can listen back to the mix here.
Cassette | 100 mins | 2016 | Self-Released
Picture Wizard #2
A print-on-demand photo-annual collecting the best images posted on my old photoblog in 2014.
Photo Book | 172 Pages | 2015 | £19.99 via Blurb
In 2015, I was nominated for the inaugural Magnum Photos’ Graduate Photographer Award. Not being much of a fan of Magnum and not such an easy fit within your standard photographer awards category, I made them a mixtape instead, featuring nice relaxing sounds and some sound collage critiques of the overtly masculine and aesthetically conservative “Magnum Tradition”. I also included some pictures of the sea.
Newspaper + CD | 16 pages + 1 hr | 2015 | £4.00 | Self-Released
The Sounds and Silences of Llansteffan
In 2015, I took part in an exhibition in Llansteffan, South Wales, exploring the sounds and silences of the former fishing village.
A CD was produced alongside an installation of photographs. You can listen to the CD here.
Installation + CD | 55 mins | 2015 | Free on Location
Leaving the Building
In 2014, I was invited to edit and contribute a text to the BA(hons) Photographic Art degree show publication, Leaving the Building. I was also invited to make an accompanying mixtape for the exhibition, featuring various songs about art school.
Exhibition Catalogue + Mixtape | 2014 | Free on Location
Picture Wizard #1
A print-on-demand photo-annual collecting the best images posted on my old photoblog in 2013.
156 Pages | 2014 | £18.99 via Blurb
A series of photographs made in 2010 in the woods of Caerleon, South Wales, the birthplace of Arthur Machen.
36 Pages | 2012 | £2.50 via XG Shop