ABOUT

My work investigates the agency and theatricality of objects through the making of sound installations, performances, films, essays and publications. I make sound and visual works with theatrical props, stage hardware, novelty items, instruments, machines, apparatuses and artefacts that play with how narratives and animations are formed between objects, sounds and spectators. I have presented work at the National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), Mayfest (Bristol), Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), and Oriel Moystn (Llandudno). I have published on the bio-objects of Tadeusz Kantor, the scenographic landscapes of Philippe Quesne and Vivarium Studio and recently edited an edition of the Performance Research journal On Anthropomorphism with Dr Shaun May. I am currently developing a site-based audio project in response to a number of abandoned Little Chef locations throughout the UK and have written an article about Katrina Palmer’s site-specific audio walk The Loss Adjusters for an issue of the Theatre and Performance Design Journal (Routledge) on ‘good vibrations’ in sound design. I am Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Worcester School of Art (UK) where I am the co-founder of the Fabrication Research Group.

Richard Allen.