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an accumulating pile of debris and bits of things...

the last bus ?

Mar. 21, 2020 by

A new and complete set of the one hundred images resulting from the last bus [of the millennium] (1999) have now been reprocessed and added to the archive. A restoration

day one, of something…

Mar. 15, 2020 by

The storm and sky that rolled in to cover the end of our first day of full lockdown here… As seen from a window that is no doubt going to

a work in five episodes

Sep. 9, 2019 by

This week we are opening the doors on to The sky was clearer in those days / El cielo era más claro en aquellos días…  The work is the culmination,

somewhere to look out from

Sep. 1, 2019 by

We are stepping into the final phase of our The sky was clearer in those days / El cielo era más claro en aquellos días process in Madrid. And have

collecting skies

Jun. 28, 2019 by

Beginning to process the many and varied skies – or more precisely, the sky colours – that we collected while in Chile… To find a graphic form for the shifts

autopsy #1

May. 24, 2019 by

We are ending our research and development work here in Chile with a couple of exploratory public events. The first of which was our first public car autopsy… A day-long

walking a world already past

May. 17, 2019 by

Our final days in the Atacama, and as far and as high into the mountains and desert here as our bodies would allow, we reached these salt flats. A national

a very big hole in the ground

May. 11, 2019 by

The first phase of our work on The sky was clearer in those days… is ongoing, with a two-month period of research and development in Chile – facilitated in collaboration

the problem with choosing

Mar. 10, 2019 by

The problem with choosing is that it just goes on, moment by moment, for an entire lifetime, and happens without reason. I guess I just still want to feel that

we are the asteroid

Jan. 12, 2019 by

This new year is beginning with a shift of focus, as we turn our heads to a new large-scale piece of work. We have been commissioned by Naves Matadero in

together and alone

Dec. 14, 2018 by

I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering how to discuss things at the moment; when opposition is dismissed as ‘fake’, and arguments and information are replaced with slogans designed to

wild scenes in Cardiff

Mar. 17, 2018 by

We are in Cardiff completing the final stages of Storm.2, the second public work of The Storm Cycle, that we have titled Things come apart. We are trying to activate

a thing done

Mar. 1, 2018 by

A five minute extract from reference footage captured of the burning tree, as it happened during the opening performance of Storm.1: Nothing remains the same – Pontrhydfendigaid, Cerdigion, February 15th…

things told, and things done

Feb. 20, 2018 by

The first public step and proposition of The Storm Cycle, designated Storm.1, and titled Nothing remains the same, has taken its place amongst the possibilities of the real – and

there is a storm coming…

Jun. 12, 2017 by

I’m setting out on the path of a new collaboration and relationship with National Theatre Wales (NTW), that we hope might allow us to more openly explore some of the

grey line [twilight]

Oct. 27, 2016 by

Tomorrow we perform Grey Line – an interventional new public art work for radio, that Rosa Casado and I have been developing since spring, and that has turned out be

Carrying Rubén [exhibit]

May. 26, 2016 by

The traces of the carry and assemblege are now set-up and running within this open and developing public gallery space here at Azkuna Zentroa. In other parts of the gallery

Carrying Rubén

May. 25, 2016 by

As I write these notes – in the gallery space of the Azkuna Zentroa here in Bilbao – Salut Bueno, Nazario Díaz, Amai Fernández, Axier, Joel and Rubén Mateos Lima

reconsidering ‘Carrying Lyn’

May. 20, 2016 by

I am currently in Bilbao, preparing Carrying Rubén – a commissioned reconsideration and re-enactment of the multi-site Pearson/Brookes work Carrying Lyn, that Mike Pearson and I conceived and performed in Cardiff

iliad [compressed]

Feb. 21, 2016 by

With the slightly refreshed perspective provided by a few months of hindsight, I have finally had a little time to start sorting through some of the documentation gathered during our epic

no matter how many people believe in it

Jun. 6, 2015 by

Here are a handful of photographs taken during our performance of What if everything we know is wrong? within a cleared out floor of Alhóndiga in Bilbao last weekend. This

small pieces of paper

May. 22, 2015 by

Characteristically, while thinking about bigger and more complicated things, I’ve been drawing again – and accumulating a series of small pieces of paper, marked with drawings of small pieces of

a crowded room

Apr. 29, 2015 by

I have just left Cardiff, after finalising the structure and animation of an immersive performance environment for the new production by my old friends Earthfall – which they will be

in the beginning…

Mar. 4, 2015 by

Today sees the public launch of ILIAD – our new large-scale collaboration with National Theatre Wales. The project is our third work for NTW, since the company’s inauguration. It continues our attempts to reactivate classic

holiday

Jul. 21, 2014 by

    nearly a third and almost a quarter [ La Laguna 18/07/2014 ], pair of digital photographs, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2014 – from the ongoing small pieces of

about 1000 people

Dec. 18, 2013 by

   Your browser does not support the video tag.   untitled [ Spanish-Moroccan border, Melilla, 23:54, 16/12/2013 ], one minute of found infrared surveillance footing, modified and looped, dimensions and

hindsight

Nov. 24, 2013 by

  The last still and silent trace of ‘what if everything we know is wrong? – as we performed it tonight, here in this cleared and appropriated Madrid studio –

autumn in New York

Oct. 30, 2013 by

  untitled [ West Broadway 29/10/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.  

…almost time to leave

Oct. 24, 2013 by

  untitled [ Firglade Avenue 23/10/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.  

walking

Oct. 19, 2013 by

As our final public work here in Providence, Rhode Island, today we walked the now ascent shoreline of the natural cove that shaped the original geography of this city –

introduced birdsong

Oct. 17, 2013 by

Today we conclude our Historic parking lots of Providence project, highlighting thirty of downtown Providence’s surface level parking lots that – contrary to assumptions that they are spaces of transition,

chorus

Oct. 11, 2013 by

As the low evening sunlight floods the studio, we are opening its doors, for the first public prototyping of some of our introduced birdsong boxes. Installed, in this case, simply

greetings from Salina

Oct. 4, 2013 by

Wrapping up one thread of our engagement with aspects of this city’s past and present – as both a playful exploration of the shifting character of downtown Salina, and an

bison stew, beer, and entropy

Sep. 30, 2013 by

Closing the fourth week of our residency here in Salina, we have spent this weekend with the Land Institute – a small but world renowned agricultural research centre sitting just

still thinking about parking lots

Sep. 18, 2013 by

Fountain Street and Mathewson Street, pen and watercolour on paper, 100cm x 175cm, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the parking lots of Providence series.     Further details from the

postcard from the past

Sep. 12, 2013 by

  Greetings from Salina [looking north on Santa Fe Avenue], one of a series of twenty digital images adapted from archived postcards depicting 20th century views of Santa Fe Avenue

thinking about parking lots

Sep. 7, 2013 by

For the first time in quite a while, I find myself drawing as I think. I have never really sketched works, unless I need to describe them to someone else.

here we are…

Aug. 31, 2013 by

Eighteen months after the last public work in the series – in which we ‘revisited’ the now absent buildings of the former Euskalduna Shipyard in Bilbao – we have shifted

drawing for a small boy

Aug. 25, 2013 by

  el coche [requested drawing], pen and watercolour on paper, 15cm x 20cm, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the requested drawings series.  

speaking of art

Aug. 19, 2013 by

  Gathering with our colleagues from NIDO here in Madrid, we have now initiated the Hablando de arte (Speaking of Art) audio and radio project, after a year of periodic

party

Aug. 14, 2013 by

  untitled [ Peroblasco 14/8/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.  

but it will turn out wrong

Aug. 7, 2013 by

For as long as I can remember, the flow of my work has been punctuated by periods of disengagement. Moments when, for one reason or another, I find myself stepping

the dyas sisters / the reading room

Jul. 6, 2013 by

Emptying my camera this morning, after returning from an intense and possibly overdue Quarantine gathering in Manchester, I first pulled out this short series of monochrome images. Together for ten

confessions of a justified sinner

Jun. 23, 2013 by

After eighteen months of preparation Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner by Untitled Projects, co-produced by National Theatre of Scotland – my third collaboration with Stewart Laing – has

village hall dance

May. 13, 2013 by

untitled [ Abercych twmpath 11/05/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

neighbour

Apr. 24, 2013 by

untitled [ Llanon 22/04/2013 ], digital photograph, dimensions variable, Mike Brookes 2013 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

the salon revisited

Mar. 22, 2013 by

A few days in Glasgow, with Stewart Laing and Untitled Projects, where we had all gathered to reopen the doors of The Salon Project. Originally realised in Edinburgh almost eighteen

merry go round

Dec. 23, 2012 by

untitled [ Plaza Mayor 21/12/2012 ], camera phone image, dimensions and proportions variable, Mike Brookes 2012 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.

things we do

Nov. 2, 2012 by

Continuing to follow the proposition and possibilities of the perfect human (and the things we do), across its various manifestations – most recently including our occupation of the striped out

a pool of water

Oct. 12, 2012 by

My last day in Glasgow, of this visit, where I have been lighting the teaching pool room of a recently derelict WW1 period public bath house in the city’s south side

bits of somewhere far away

Sep. 28, 2012 by

While considering possible futures for our ongoing What if everything we know is wrong? project, Rosa Casado and I have been sorting through the remnants of its recent past – here are just

screens and headphones

Sep. 18, 2012 by

Giving myself a little time and distance to reflect on the realities of our run of Coriolan/us last month, I have been spending some of my days slowly reviewing and combining

an emptied place

Aug. 25, 2012 by

Before more detailed traces and remnants of our Coriolan/us project begin to gather, I thought that I would mark its completion with a quick camera phone image, snapped across that

danger

Jul. 3, 2012 by

  danger of death 1.1 + 1.2, graphic image work, modified found sign, dimensions and colours variable, Mike Brookes 2012 – from the ongoing small pieces of everything series.  

Houston, we’ve had a problem

Jun. 28, 2012 by

Yesterday saw the latest version of our initial work from What if everything we know is wrong? – performed under soft early evening sunlight, within one of the large empty

quiet queen

Jun. 22, 2012 by

Your browser does not support the video tag. five minute queen [silent], video fragment captured on mobile phone, sound removed, dimensions and proportions variable, Mike Brookes 2012 – from the

what if everything we know is wrong?

Jun. 17, 2012 by

Last weekend, commissioned to perform the initial work from our developing What if everything we know is wrong? project, Rosa Casado and I stepped into a large clear room in

hangar 858

May. 28, 2012 by

Today the site for our production of Coriolan/us this coming August has officially been announced – Hangar 858 – a decommissioned WW2 aircraft hanger in St Athan, South Wales. Built in

some things happen, some things don’t

May. 4, 2012 by

At the heart of any event – memorable or otherwise – something concrete is happening. An obvious statement in itself, but still an acknowledgement that has engaged my thoughts a

b

Apr. 10, 2012 by

Last year I was approached by the Swiss company Trickster-p, and asked to design a proposal for the second work within their ongoing trilogy of theatre installation pieces, structured as

lifeguard

Mar. 19, 2012 by

A few short days in Glasgow, catching up with old friends and new – discussing Lifeguard, a new work with Adrian Howells and the National Theatre of Scotland, planned for

are we there yet?

Feb. 20, 2012 by

I always look forward to site visits. Even when they are likely to end in disappointment, they are still revealing. The collective decision to step beyond the theoretical that provokes

¿todo bajo control? [ everything under control? ]

Jan. 21, 2012 by

Rosa Casado and I [foreground] snapped at a successful ‘bring your own wine and headphones’ silent concert experiment in a small Madrid apartment last weekend – courtesy of colleagues Gichi-Gichi

located or camping?

Jan. 9, 2012 by

As Mike Pearson and I simultaneously turn up the heat on our Coriolan/us process with the new year, trading thoughts over distance for little while longer, it seems that we

looking for something

Dec. 23, 2011 by

As a busy and productive year comes to an end, and having finally landed on my own sofa for a while, with a little space and time to think, I

standing still in cities

Nov. 21, 2011 by

Here are three short fragments of video I have been revisiting – from CCTV surveillance footage recorded by South Wales Police during work that Mike Pearson, Ed Thomas and I

a map to find meetings in places that aren’t there

Oct. 27, 2011 by

 

time lapse

Oct. 23, 2011 by

Three photos of the just a little bit of history repeating site in Bilbao – firstly the working Euskalduna shipyard and docks, then its subsequent dereliction, and the present (the Guggenheim

visiting absent buildings

Oct. 23, 2011 by

Rosa Casado and I are back in Bilbao, a city that we have begun to form a bit of a relationship with over recent years, having been awarded two separate

entitled

Oct. 22, 2011 by

Tonight sees the final performance of this year’s tour of Entitled  – my eleventh collaboration with old friends and long-term colleagues Quarantine. “…devised with three technicians (Greg Akehurst, Chris Whitwood

the salon project wardrobe

Oct. 21, 2011 by

…a couple more shots from The Salon Project, Edinburgh, but this time from the other side of the salon walls – amongst audience members at the beginning of their evening,

the salon project

Oct. 15, 2011 by

I have just left Edinburgh, after opening The Salon Project – my second collaboration with Stewart Laing, and his company Untitled Projects. We have built and structured somewhere, a specifically temporary

twenty five thousand words, spoken one at a time

Oct. 9, 2011 by

A day in Cardiff. Mike Pearson and I met a cast of fourteen actors, with colleagues from the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre Wales, for an open cold reading

can everyone see me if I stand on this chair?

Sep. 27, 2011 by

  Last night Rosa Casado and I performed the first public work from our What if everything we know wrong? project, under the chandeliers and crystal wall lights of Brown’s Alumnae

unnecessary activity in a room

Sep. 16, 2011 by

Over this past week it has become increasingly clear that the work we are trying to propose here is simply a visible public attempt to construct one place, from collected

an act of representation

Aug. 25, 2011 by

Today I am packing for a month long residency in the States – an invitation split between New York and Rhode Island, culminating in an event at Brown University. The

a title recycled for works containing nothing new

Jul. 30, 2011 by

As I head off to Bilbao to meet ex-workers from the Euskalduna shipyards, who have kindly agreed to work with Rosa and I on the next work from our just

one thing leads to another

Jun. 12, 2011 by

As a small detail and taster of mine and Rosa’s intervention in Olot last weekend – a model cement town laid out in public space from 1500 individually cast small

enactment + autopsy

May. 31, 2011 by

THE ASSASSINATION OF LLWYD AP IWAN BY THE OUTLAWS WILSON AND EVANS   A couple of months ago, picking up threads from our recent conversations, Mike and I proposed a

welcome

May. 14, 2011 by

Following the success of our located production of The Persians, within the landscape of an MOD range in the Brecon Beacons, for the 2010 inaugural session of National Theatre Wales;