Exhibitions and installations operate as site-specific multi-dimensional interpretations of my research. They enable a tactile, visual and sensual engagement with key findings that differ to that of a written or verbally presented argument. They help me think through my interest in the role of objects and the practice of making in my research subjects and also in the production of sociological arguments. Making exhibitions and installations provide a way to display and materially interrogate the many things I make in the process of making sense of things. They also provide alternate entry points into my work for a diverse audience.
(2014) Bikes & Bloomers Launch. The London public exhibition was launched with a talk, performance, an automaton and live screen printing of Victorian cycling visual culture was held at LMNH on June 13th.
(2013) Dresses Drinks & Data. Open studio (29 November)
(2012) Hackney Bike Portraits. Invited show (8 June)
Invited by Hackney Council to exhibit at the 2012 Cycling Conference, Hackney Town Hall, London.
(2011) Hackney Bike Portraits. Solo show (July 30-Sept 30)
Hackney portraits exhibited in five bikes shops/cafes throughout Hackney. The Private View featured a group bike ride between sites. Produced with assistance from a UEL Creative Community Development Fund.
(2011) Bike Portraits. Group show (July 31)
Invited by Hackney Cycling Campaign to exhibit a range of portraits in the Festival of the Bicycle, Mabley Common, E9, London.
(2011) Bristol Bike Portraits. Group show (Sept 16-26)
Invited by Bristol Council to exhibit Bristol portraits in a group show for the Bristol Cycle Festival. The event featured a performance by Jet and Jen. Twelve printed portraits were on display. Others were displayed via a pedal powered projector. Produced with assistance from the Cycling Cultures research project, UEL.
(2011) Bike Portraits. Group show (Sept 22)
Invited by Hackney Council to exhibit a range of portraits as part of an annual Car Free Day event.
(2009) Makers, Mashers and Mods; Grassroots technology practices in suburban Australia. Solo show (Oct 24-31)
Solo installation based on my Phd research focusing on how backyard broadband makers used found, purchased and resourcefully adapted materials and improvised methods to re-imagine information communication technologies. Produced with assistance from the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths and Intel’s Digital Home Group.
(2008) DIY WiFi: Making homebrew high-technology in suburban backyards. (Jan 12-13)
My first installation reflected upon the role of objects in the making of my sociological knowledge in my PhD. Drawing on ethnographies of two not-for-profit technology groups (a volunteer community WiFi network and a bicycle making club) in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, my research revealed how members collectively customise and adapt discarded, freely available or cheaply purchased materials using improvised methods and their own backyards, re-inscribing them with new meanings and re-imagined possibilities of use. Foregrounding the ‘homebrew high-tech’ objects and practices of these ‘backyard technologists’ as well as my own methods of making sociological knowledge (blogposts, fieldnotes, photos, sketches, objects and film), the installation aimed to generate dialogue between the central themes of these multi-dimensional materials and, at the same time, open up for discussion, improvised, hands-on and object-oriented ways of thinking about and through knowledge production.