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We are a small group of artists who collaborate in different constellations to make live art & performance, street interventions & traveling art objects, often using digital media as a mode of making and participation. We have been producing this life-art mix of rural & experimental events with associate artists & local residents, visitors and remote participants from our Devon base since 2001. Find out more about our group ethos and how we arrived here…

Paula Crutchlow
Paula CrutchlowBlind Ditch 2001-present
Originally trained in dance, Paula has been making live events as a co-devisor and director with performers, visual artists and technologists in the UK and internationally since 1996. As a founder member of Blind Ditch she has been a co-visioner, director, workshop facilitator, producer and occasional performer with the group. She is also currently Creative Adviser for Adverse Camber directing collaborations between some of the UK’s leading storytellers and international musicians. She has an MA in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts where she was an associate lecturer in Theatre 2001-10. Paula is currently an ESRC funded PhD researcher in Critical Human Geography at University of Exeter investigating relationships between art activism and digital media.
John Levack Drever
John Levack DreverBlind Ditch 2001-present
John is a composer, sound artist and Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2001 he was awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts, for a programme of research titled ‘Phonographies: Practical and Theoretical Explorations into Composing with Disembodied Sound’. As a founder member of Blind Ditch, John has co-visioned and composed music and sound environments for most of our projects. Alongside his compositional works he has been a member of the Institute of Acoustics since 2013, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2009-16) and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Seian University of Art and Design, Japan. In 2013 he became an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism.

Links:
gold.ac.uk/music/staff/drever/

Cat Radford
Cat RadfordBlind Ditch 2001-present
Cat graduated with an MA in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts in 2000. As a founder member of Blind Ditch she as worked as a performer/devisor, workshop leader, project manager and producer on a multitude of cross disciplinary adventures. As a lead facilitator on VANLAND she has made over 20 digital shorts with young people across the South West of England. Cat was a Business Fellow in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts (dates?) and works as a producer, project manager and researcher for creative projects across the South West. You may have also seen her appearing in films by Clive Austin and performances of the traditional English dance troupe, Morris Offspring.
Volkhardt Müller
Volkhardt MüllerBlind Ditch 2002-present
Formally trained in Arts Education at Stuttgart State Academy of Arts and Design, Volkhardt works across media as a maker of objects, installations, print and video work, and as collaborator on performance and educational projects. As a member of Blind Ditch since 2002 he has worked collaboratively as a designer/ conceptual artist for theatre & performance as well as key facilitator on the award winning VANLAND project. His affinity with site and context specific approaches coincides with a long-standing interest in how landscapes are created and proliferated. Since moving to Britain this broad interest has increasingly focused on the ways rural and urban concepts are interconnected; how notions of landscape contribute to the construction of cultural identity and the enshrinement of societal status quo. Volkhardt runs the artist-led space TOPOS in central Exeter.

Links:
volkhardtmueller.com
toposexeter.uk

Henning Hegland
Henning HeglandBlind Ditch 2001-2006
Henning has been working as an artist, performer, and director since 1997 in New York and Europe. As a founding member of Blind Ditch he co-devised and performed work for theatre and gallery spaces. His directorial work ranges from re-imagining classics to collaborating with playwrights on new work, from devised theatre to opera. He has appeared on television and films as a performer as well as on stages in the US, UK and Europe including a featured role in UNDERSTUDIES, a mockumentary web series written by Elisabeth Grey and Daniel Zimbler and directed by Daniel Zimbler, where he plays the broadway director Knut Balke. Henning has an MFA in directing from Columbia University where he trained under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. He holds an MA in devised theatre from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, and a BA in theatre from Middlebury College in Vermont. He is an Artistic Director and a Founder of Scandinavian American Theater Company (www.satcnyc.org) in NYC.

Links:
henninghegland.com

Daniel Harris
Daniel HarrisBlind Ditch 2004-2009
Heiko Fischer
Heiko FischerBlind Ditch 2001-2003
Benjamin J Borley
Benjamin J BorleyPhotographer 2013 & 2016 - This City's Centre & MoCC

Benjamin Borley is a film maker and photographer based in the South West.

Working across a variety of styles and genres, his practice is primarily concerned with the urban landscape and its representation.

His work has appeared at MoMA, New York and the Photographers’ Gallery, London as well as in the online collections of the Walker Art Centre, Texas and Vogue Italia.

Links:
Benjamin J Borley
University of Exeter

Ian Cook
Ian CookCultural Geographer 2015-18 - Museum of Contemporary Commodities
An Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter Ian is a cultural geographer of trade, and researches ways in which artists, filmmakers, activists and others try to encourage consumers to appreciate the work undertaken (and hardships often experienced) by the people who make the things we buy. With students and interns, he has researched and brought together over 60 examples of this work on the spoof ‘shopping’ website followthethings.com which opened in October 2011. In 2014, he became education lead for Fashion Revolution Day which, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, asks consumers worldwide to ask brands ‘who made my clothes?’ Ian’s involvement in MoCC is his first attempt to move beyond studying others’ finished work to co-creating new ‘follow the thing’ work from the start.
Links:
followthethings.com
University of Exeter
Augusto Corrieri
Augusto CorrieriAssociate Artist 2002 & 2008 – Land Marked, Global Player
Augusto is an artist and writer based in Brighton and London. His works for theatres and galleries have been commissioned by European art centres, including Madrid’s Casa Encendida, Vienna’s Tanzquartier, London’s Camden Arts Centre, and Brighton’s Nightingale Theatre.With a playful rigour, the performances deconstruct the apparatus of theatre, inviting spectators to reflect on questions of spectacle and ecology in the 21st century. His book, In Place of a Show: what happens inside theatres when nothing is happening (2016) is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Links:
augustocorrieri.com

Tim Dollimore
Tim DollimoreAssociate Artist 2004-09 – VANLAND, Eudaimonia, Global Player
Tim has an extensive background in media, video production, the arts, education and event management. He worked with Blind Ditch as a long term associate artist between 2004-2009 as video workshop facilitator, technology creative and table tennis maestro. His company The Media Workshop was set up as a digital arts collective back in 2002, and he spent 10 years lecturing in New Media, Digital Arts, Performance Technology and Fine Art at Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth and Falmouth University. He plays the Cello, Bass Guitar and Ukulele. Tim once worked as a clown and street performer and retains his circus connections by working as a stage manager for the Circus Bigtop at Glastonbury Festival. Tim also loves his LaPavoni Europiccola…

Links:
The Media Workshop

Gareth Foote
Gareth FooteCreative Technologist 2015-18 - Museum of Contemporary Commodities
Gareth is a programmer, creative technologist and educator. His practice involves critical reflection on computational culture and experimenting with technology and flows of power. He has created projects and artworks involving critical and introspective software, Artificial Intelligence chatbots, generative poetry and suction mechanisms. His work is pedagogically driven and informed by workshops facilitated for young children, students and teachers in the creative applications of free and open source hardware and software platform.

Links:
garethfoote.co.uk

Carla Hayes
Carla HayesAssociate Producer 2013 – This City's Centre
Carla is a Creative Producer of theatre and events utilising the knowledge and experience gained from her background in community theatre and event management. Many moons ago se co-founded a Southampton based African and Caribbean theatre group named Gye Nyame, drawing on her Jamaican and Irish heritage to contribute cultural folk tales for the creation and performance of accessible theatre for wide ranging audiences. Her professional interests and experience ranges from small and large scale indoor and outdoor events including theatre, performance, community shows, music events and processions.
Lee Hodges
Lee HodgesGraphic designer & animator 2013 & 2015 - This City's Centre & Happening Here!
Lee Hodges comes from deepest, darkest Kernowfornia – also known as Cornwall. The sea and coastline have always been a part of his life, and today he lives on the foothills of Dartmoor, in Devon. Lee studied at Falmouth School of Art and then at Bournemouth School of Art, specialising in illustration. In addition to his vibrant, mixed media illustration work, Lee is a DJ and runs club arts nights in the Southwest of England.

Links:
leeho.co.uk

Rae Hoole
Rae HooleAssociate Producer and Project Manager 2004-09 - VANLAND & View From Here
Rae graduated from Exeter University Drama department in 1984 and moved to Milton Keynes where she worked for The Living Archive project and co-founded Theatre-in education company, Theatre of Fact, touring extensively. She then co- founded MADCAP community circus and produced a series of circus shows which toured with accompanying participatory workshops to theatres, village halls, festivals, prisons, hospitals, schools and on the streets of villages, towns and cities. In Coventry through the 90’s she produced community festivals and events – most notably she founded the Godiva Festival, a free urban festival attracting over 70,000 people every year, and led the team who produced Coventry’s millennium eve High Wire event with Frenchman Ramon Kelvink walking spire to spire from Coventry’s two mediaeval church spires.

Since moving back to Devon in 2001 Rae has worked with hundreds of young people in community and education settings supporting film and animation projects, TV and radio production experiences and other participatory arts activity. She was the Director of Appledore Visual Arts Festival in 2012 and has collaborated successfully with Galleries, Libraries and Museums across Devon.

Lizzy Humber
Lizzy HumberAssociate Artist 2013 & 15 – This City's Centre, Happening Here!
Lizzy has lived in Exeter since 2004 and works as a performer, producer and community arts facilitator in the SouthWest. Lizzy produces for all female companies Theatre Rush and Broken Spectacles. And is a project manager for community dance with Dance in Devon. Her devising and performance credits include outdoor physical theatre shows with Burn The Curtain Theatre Company, Theatre Rush and Ocean All Over. She has worked as a drama teacher in youth arts and ran the Freefall Youth Arts group at Exeter Phoenix for 4 years. Originally hailing from Portsmouth, Lizzy enjoys Devon adventures on her bicycle, long walks with her baby and resting in tea rooms with a good slice of cake or a cheeky stout.
Helen Varley Jamieson
Helen Varley JamiesonCo-devisor & 'Broker' 2010-12 – make-shift
Helen is a writer, theatre-maker and digital artist. She is a founding member of the globally dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision and one of the coordinators of UpStage, a platform for cyberformance. A diverse career has led to her experimental arts practice in the use of the internet as a site for live performance, specifically in bringing remote performers together in live theatrical events. She calls this new art form cyberformance. Helen created her first web page in 1994, and has worked professionally in the internet industry since 1997 doing web site construction and maintenance, web copywriting, consultation and project management, for clients from large corporations to individual artists.

Helen is the “web queen” for the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in theatre, and a trustee for both the Magdalena Project and Magdalena Aotearoa, its New Zealand chapter. She is also a trustee for the Pandemonic Operations Trust (which oversees UpStage) and has been on the board of the FLOSS Manuals Foundation. She gives workshops, lectures and presentations about her work, and writes all kinds of stuff. In 2008, Helen completed a Master of Arts (Research) on cyberformance, at Queensland University of Technology. She is currently based in Munich, Germany.

Links:
creative-catalyst.com

Jane Mason
Jane MasonAssociate Artist 2013 – This City's Centre
Jane trained in theatre at Bretton Hall in the early 90’s. Since 1997 she has worked as an independent artist creating interdisciplinary performances to tour (Life Forces, Singer, Come on Sun) and films (ANDOUT, Hard Told). She danced for Random Dance (94-97) before dancing freelance (Charles Linehan, Wendy Houstoun, Colin Poole, Deborah Hay, balletLorent). She collaborates in experimental theatre (Lone Twin, Blind Ditch, NTS Scotland) and is a long time collaborator with Quarantine (SUMMER. AUTUMN. WINTER. SPRING, Wallflower). She has a particular interest working in community contexts (A dance at home – performances in people’s homes developed with and hosted by the homeowners and Here with you – performance with 100+ young people).

Jane’s process is intuitive and rooted in research. Her practice explores the relationships between physical movement in dialogue with the materiality of objects and the opening up of felt spaces. Ideas around connection, identity and belonging often recur through working closely with people in a responsive way.

Links:
jane-mason.co.uk

Natalie McGrath
Natalie McGrathContributing Writer 2005 & 2013 – Who Wants to be a Hero Now? This City's Centre
Natalie McGrath is a playwright, poet and lecturer. ‘Oxygen’, toured across the South West region, Summer 2013 as part of Dreadnought South West’s celebrations of the Great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage. Her short pay ‘Exodus’ is part of a tour with five other plays for Box of Tricks Theatre Company’s NWxSW Word Play Tour 2013. ‘Rift’ was produced at the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton in 2012, and awarded the Inspire mark, as part of the Cultural Olympiad. ‘Coasting’ was developed through Bristol Ferment and produced in the studio as a Bristol Old Vic production, 2011. ‘Wild Doves’ was also produced by Bristol Old Vic as part of their Short Fuses season, 2010. ‘Scottish Kiss’ was Natalie’s contribution to Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From production in 2010 at Bristol Old Vic. Natalie’s first play, ‘Metal Remains’, was produced by Theatre West at the Alma Tavern, Bristol in 2008 and shortlisted for the 2009 Meyer Whitworth Award in association with the National Theatre & the Playwrights Studio, Scotland.

Natalie is also an Associate Lecturer in the department of Theatre & Performance at Plymouth University, has a Fellowship with the Hypatia Trust, Cornwall and is an Artistic Associate at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.

Jonny Rowden
Jonny Rowden Associate Artist 2013 – This City's Centre
Jonny is a performing artist currently located in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, Australia. He graduated from Plymouth University, UK in 2012 with an MA in Performance Practice, and has since worked with UK-based artists Kaleider, Blind Ditch, The Bike Shed Theatre, Bizarre Rituals, Alice Tatton-Brown, Tom Pritchard and Steven Paige. In Australia he has worked with 2NDTOE running their desert-based dance initiative Alice Can Dance, and collaborated with Alexandra Hullah in residence at Visual Bulk in Hobart, Tasmania.

In 2014 he formed performance company AMINAL with collaborator Kelly Marie Miller. AMINAL specialise in interactive performance for a range of audiences, typically located in non-conventional performance spaces.

Additionally, he has worked as an associate lecturer at Plymouth University, leading workshops in contemporary performance making. His practice is typically located in participatory, food-based, and public performance. In November 2017, he will participate in the Morni Hills Residency in Chandigahr, India, continuing an interrogation of place, national identity and home.

 Phil Smith
Phil SmithAssociate Artist 2013 – This City's Centre
Phil Smith (Crab Man, Mytho) is a performance-maker, writer and ambulatory researcher. He specialises in creating performances related to walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. He writes and performs ‘mis-guided tours’, gently subverting sites of heritage. He is a core member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites, a co-author of the company’s various ‘mis-guides’ including ‘An Exeter Mis-Guide’ and ‘A Mis-Guide To Anywhere’, and is presently working on their next publication: ‘Architect Walkers’.
Katie Villa
Katie VillaAssociate Artist 2013 – This City's Centre
Katie Villa is a theatre maker and performer living and working in Exeter. As an actress her stage credits include Vera in The Exeter Blitz Project; Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Exeter Northcott and Annie in Beanfield. Katie is a Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Rush, a company passionate about devised work in Exeter who have recently been touring their community responsive show, The Lost Tales, in Devon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. As a facilitator fascinated by the simple power of a story, Katie developed and directed TOLD:RETOLD, a series of writing workshops for homeless and vulnerably housed young people in Exeter. More recently, Katie has directed Ernie and The Sea of Ice for Quirk Theatre at Exeter Phoenix. Katie is a founding member of Teddy Talks, organising fascintating talks for parents and their babies under 1.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

...preparing to re-value commodity culture in Kensington! The Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC) is being hosted by the Royal Geographical Society in London and we will be open to the public 10-4pm 25th-27th August. We're also running a Data Walkshop and public conversation event on Friday 25th. Find out more...

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RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

...preparing to re-value commodity culture in Kensington! The Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC) is being hosted by the Royal Geographical Society in London and we will be open to the public 10-4pm 25th-27th August. We're also running a Data Walkshop and public conversation event on Friday 25th. Find out more...

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August 24 @ 10:00 am - August 27 @ 4:00 pm

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