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Take Responsibility for Being Tortured!

I was recently in Boston attending the World Hearing Voices Congress, thanks to a scholarship. I was there the same time as the Alt-Right rally at Boston Common. I met some cool people and laughed at the weedy Alt Right congregation vastly outnumbered by counter protesters. The fascists kept whining ...

Sarcastic Greeting Cards Are Us

  When I was in hospital for a physical health problem, my bedside cabinet was bedecked with 'get well soon' cards. However, whenever I was on a psychiatric ward, I noticed the void of cards wishing me well. Maybe people thought I was going to eat the cards. Or ...

Photo of the artists involved in the Fools' Gold project

Fools’ Gold: an artist intervention in the Art Gallery, New South Wales

I’ve been in Sydney, Australia a few weeks now working with Gaele Sobott of Outlandish Arts on Fools’ Gold - a pilot series of poetry workshops, performances and critical dialogues on art, mental health and well-being. The climax of the program was a performance in Art Gallery New South Wales ...

Collage with images of Trump and May. On the left Trump is signing a document with the words ‘wall, patio, internment camp and mojos’ on it. Next is a photo of Trump and May holding up two fingers with the caption: Image gobscure: "The government I lead will be driven by the interest of the privileged few: up yours!"

The government I lead…

maydaymayday all the way mayday

Image of a head with several rooms in which tortuous acts are visualised as a metaphor for everything we're not allowed to say about our oppression by the powers that be

Journeying half way across the world in search of fools’ gold

I first met Gaele Sobott from Outlandish Arts in London back in the autumn of 2015 when she interviewed me for her blog and we began talking about the possibility of working together. Later that year in a conversation with Rowan James about the pitfalls of making work under ...

Making in Miniature

I have a love of tiny things; I find them intrinsically beautiful. Especially miniature scale versions of something initially designed to be much bigger. I am in the process of making many small boxes filled with handmade and bound books, sketchbooks and other little oddities. At University I specialised in designing and making silversmithing and ...

My film ‘Dear CCTV Camera’ asks the CCTV to look at itself

A few years back, I wrote a poetry blog on DAO that asks awkward questions to a CCTV camera, that interrogates everything about the CCTV, its users, and the ideology behind it. Here it is now in film form. https://youtu.be/DvgELs9cVsA Enjoy! I promise I won't be watching you.

Michelle Baharier: making art from the human condition

Depression a name Given to your state of mind A name used to describe you to others A name for want of any other name A time of non-existence A frame without borders A newspaper Yet for me Art is the only Tool

Notebook words

Transition, Reflection and Storytelling

It seems that I have been in a period of transition and reflection. My most recent exhibition Drawing Insight at Pallant House Gallery has finished. Being part of a collaborative project with it's fair share of ups and downs, has left me with many questions. What do I do and why? is ...

Delete Where Applicable by Dolly Sen

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