Anthropological Art, Oral Histories

My creativity/ideas are displayed in many forms and realise their full potential with the support of two amazing ladies, in a collective called Sondryfolk. We are an emerging collective, using processes that creatively respond to current social circumstance. We combine our different practises and experiences to design and deliver offbeat projects and events with a motley crew of folk, in an array of interesting environments.

Since graduating in Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, London I have been particularly motivated by re-imagining the contexts in which we find ourselves. I spent many years travelling, often looking like a donkey loaded up with my possessions, learning a lot, and making home where ever I found it. I suddenly developed an urge to link these experiences to the world around me, to actualise ideas into reality. I felt this actualisation wasn’t quite possible abroad so I returned to England and found myself a home, a place necessary to feel a sense of ease, a base to create from within a community of creative friends where I could start to work on putting some ideas out into the world in an actual form.  Somewhere I could display my collection of objects, smell my scent, listen to music, be alone, connect to, and use a computer from. A fixed abode in a country I feel some sense of belonging too. This space, ‘home,’ has become a place of creative fruition for me. And strangely my primary tool is an old laptop that I brought off of a friend that sounds like a concord aeroplane and is still allowing me to send emails, write project plans and create from.

In the beginning of 2012 in a continuum of spontaneous and bizarre coincidences The House of Curious Engagements was formed; a project that would explore the meaning of home, a theme that has had great prominence in my life and others around me. So I started to investigate. Questions arose such as how the idea of home changes, what will home mean in the future, and what does home mean to others now. I borrowed some sound equipment for the day from a sound producer, John Hendicott and went out into 3 different areas of Bristol to gain an insight to these questions. Approaching people on the street and asking them quite personal questions allowed a space to encounter the young and old, people born in Bristol and people born further away, to gain a little insight into people’s experiences of home. Three days later I sat with John in his bedroom (which is where he works from) in his home with his computer and sound equipment and edited the piece together. The experience was intense, 6 long hours staring at a flat computer screen with only short breaks for carrot cake and tea, and it was done. The sound piece Anthropological Art, Oral Histories reveals snippets of thoughts and stories that remind us of the array of experiences and histories that have informed our understanding and meaning of home.

‘Making’ home allows me to connect to a community of people. This community facilitates putting creative ideas out into the world; it allows me to formulate ideas into reality. It gives you a literal space to work from. It is connected to England, to a sense of belonging. I wonder how this will change with time, as borders shift and ecological and urban landscapes transform.

For more information about Sondryfolk please visit their website.