5 Mar

I make theatre at and blog thoughts and ideas at studiozero.wordpress. My side project Acheulian Theatre is at This blog archives my time as an art writer in Berlin 2008-11. It contains links some of my published work and served during that time as a notebook and scrapbook for ideas I was working on at the time.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”

24 Jan


This is Julian of Norwich. Born during the Black Death, she was the first woman to write a book in English.
Revelations of Divine Love is an account of 16 visions received in ecstatic trance. Even today, her writings are theologically radical.

Whereto the avantgarde?

30 May

The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. This is good, say they, let us hold by this. They pin me down.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar

Hear the voice of the Bard! Who present, past, and future sees…

28 May

A Prophecy, William Wordsworth, February 1807

HIGH deeds, O Germans, are to come from you!
Thus in your books the record shall be found,
‘A watchword was pronounced, a potent sound–
ARMINIUS!–all the people quaked like dew
Stirred by the breeze; they rose, a Nation, true,
True to herself–the mighty Germany,
She of the Danube and the Northern Sea,
She rose, and off at once the yoke she threw.
All power was given her in the dreadful trance;
Those new-born Kings she withered like a flame.’
–Woe to them all! but heaviest woe and shame
To that Bavarian who could first advance
His banner in accursed league with France,
First open traitor to the German name!

WikiLeaks: the art edition

27 May

On Angela Bulloch’s Manifesto, Information, Rules and Other Leaks… at the Berlinische Galerie for Frieze…

Installation view

Bring a gun to art openings…

23 May


29 Apr

Van Gogh's Shoes

Taking dictation…

29 Mar

Hildegaard's Universal Man (1165)

“But though I saw and heard these things, I refused to write for a long time through doubt and bad opinion and the diversity of human words, not with stubbornness but in the exercise of humility, until, laid low by the scourge of God, I fell upon a bed of sickness.

“Compelled at last by many illnesses, and by the witness of a certain noble maiden of good conduct and of that man whom I had secretly sought and found, I set my hand to the writing.

“While I was doing it, I sensed the deep profundity of scriptural exposition. Raising myself from illness by the strength I received, I brought this work to a close.

“And I spoke and wrote these things not by the invention of my heart or any other person, but as by the secret mysteries of God I heard and received in heavenly places. And again I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, ‘Cry out therefore, and write thus!’ ”

— Hildegaard of Bingen

Earthly Delights

28 Feb


9 Feb


Essay inspired by the work of Berlin-based Swedish sculptor Veronica Brovall