About me – choreographer/artist, born in Yokohama, brought up in The UK, now based on the edge of Bunderfjørden close to Oslo, and working all over the place.
Since the mid-1990s, when I also co-founded the Motherboard project (1996-2008) with Per Platou (www.liveart.org), I have been interested in how networked technologies have influenced the way people work, socialise, create and share information, and organise the flow of people, ideas, and things around the globe.
I have investigated how a body copes with flows of information passing between the digital, natural and lived world, grappling with how these flows affect perceptions of time, space and place. The outcomes have taken on many live forms. Experimental and participatory, they most often occur in public spaces beyond those normally reserved for the arts.
Academic work: In 2007 I gained a PhD-alternative qualification for artists in Norway for my research in synaesthesia and contemporary live art practices. I have worked part time as Associate Professor, Depart of Fine Art, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, and as Visiting Professor, University for Dance and Circus, Stockholm University of the Arts. Since 2013-2020 I have been working as Professor of choreography, Academy of Dance, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
From 2011-2018 I’ve been finding out what it means to be a ‘resident’ and ‘artist’ living on a boat in the centre of Oslo. I am still discovering that there are few other lifestyles that are so intensely centred on mobility, technology and the environment as the live-aboard’s. The experience bears a certain resonance with the living and working conditions that the city’s residents meet on an everyday level. More than the ideal of ‘returning to nature’ or the dream of geographical escape, it raises broader questions regarding the regulating of how and where one can live. In 2012 I co-initiated the artist run marine-based research platform currently with Ross Dalziel (Liverpool UK) to enable artists to make new work alongside the sea.
Most recently I have led a transdisciplinary artistic research project Amphibious Trilogies (2016-19) centred on islands, ponds and passages, funded by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU).