Una Hamilton Helle
Looking forward to taking part in Expand and Contract: Navigating Undergrounds, a conference organised by artist Flora Parrott and geographer Harriet Hawkins, which will bring together geographers, artists and sound practitioners next Tuesday. I will be speaking about underground environments in gaming, and playing through sections of Katabasis, a Larp I co-created with Susan Ploetz & Francis Patrick Brady about two groups inhabiting an underground cave.
George Harding and I have started Margate Larp Sessions, an informal, monthly meet-up for play testing and discussing ideas centred around the tradition of Nordic Larp. Today, for our second session, we will have Nina Runa Essendrop visiting and we will play her larp Strangers - follow the facebook group for more info.
April saw the culmination of the first Open School East term, led by guest artist Marguerite Humeau. It saw us develop Strong Currents, a sound walk and sculpture trail along Botany Bay in Kent, images of which you can find here. Next week I'm doing a mini-residency at Limbo in Margate with fellow associates Tom Verity & Ian Bride, where it looks like I'll be testing out some of those Dungeon Crawl skills! Opening on the 11th May, more info here.
Excited to share that I have received an artist bursary from a-n which will go towards creating a virtual Dungeon Crawl installation. Hit me up if you know a computer programmer that might be able to help with old school game design software!
Becoming the Forest #3 is happening! Thanks to the Norwegian Arts Council, Lotte Brown and I have received funding to edit another issue about spruce trees, plant consciousness and notions around belonging – using black metal and the influence of place on music as a backbone to talk about it all. Watch this space for updates…we will be working in tree time.
On 6th May Susan Ploetz, Francis Patrick Brady and I will be running a version of Katabasis; our LARP about descents and origin myths. This will be running at Space Studios in London to coincide with Adam James’ solo exhibition there. Tickets available from their website.
Excited to be joining Open School East as an Associate Artist this year. OSE is a collaborative and experimental platform and studio for artistic making based in Margate, UK.