Without: Simon was commissioned to write the catalogue essay for an exhibition at Chandelier Gallery by Sally Underwood and Roxy Walsh.
The Nomadic Journal: An expanded and theoretically reflexive version of the article Simon wrote for the Guardian newspaper.
Performing Things: From Undeadliness to Critical Practice: An essay published in a peer-reviewed journal: Studies in Theatre & Performance, Volume 34, Issue 3. Special Issue: Zombies & Performance (Taylor & Francis). Simon initially discusses how the psychoanalytical ‘Thing’ casts the breakdown of language as a melancholic tragedy – exemplified by the zombie oeuvre. He then suggests that the Thing, when liberated from the conceit of undead fiction, might articulate the dimensions of a performance practice that knowingly engenders glitch, nonsense and semiotic collapse as a critical strategy.
Doing the Zombie Glitch: Haptic Undeadliness as a Political Theory: A peer-reviewed publication in: The Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, Issue 13.2 (The Whitestone Foundation). He understands the zombie’s gory and slapstick excess as a spectacle of haptic materiality that ruptures the hermetically-sealed diegesis of narrative cinema. He subsequently theorises a performance practice that, by aping Romero’s irreverent filmic methodology, might interrupt the formal protocols of contemporary cultural production.
Postcard Secrets from the Galapagos Islands: Simon published a feature article in the G2 section of The Guardian Newspaper about a project in which he travelled across the UK by bike hand-delivering 22 unstamped postcards found in The Galapagos Islands.
The Haptics of Undeadliness: a Methodology for Melancholic Practice: A 6000-word essay for the art, horror and philosophy journal Incognitum Hactenus (Volume 3), editors: Caryn Coleman and Tom Trevatt,http://incognitumhactenus.com/
Hairy: Simon was invited by his tutees at Goldsmiths to write the catalogue essay for the BA(hons) Art/Art History Degree Show.
1999 - 2011
Hydra’s Discourse: Each Head Cut of Grew Seven More: A collaborative essay published in Text Zur Kunst – Issue No. 82.
The Undead Martyr – Sex, Death and Revolution in George Romero’s Zombie Films: Simon's essay on zombies in relation to Freud’s theory of the instincts was included in the book The Undead and Philosophy, editors: Richard Greene, K.Silem Mohammad (Chicago: Open Court Press).
Edna Lumb Memorial: Simon wrote the catalogue essay for an exhibition at Leeds Met Art Gallery.
No Artist is an Island: An article about collaborative practices written by the Leeds 13 for the Times Higher Education Supplement.
American Zombie Gothic: Kyle William Bishop, 2010.
Reaparecidos: Catalogue edited by Cecilia Canziani and Vincent Honore, 2006.
The 2003 Wight Biennial Catalogue: Edited by Shana Lutker and Doris Chon, 2003.
The Necessity of Artspeak: Roy Harris, 2003.
As Thick as Thieves: Art Review (UK) vol. 53. Gemma de Cruz, 2002.
Art in the Age of Mass Media: John A. Walker, 2001.
A BBC Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art: P. Glinkowski, 2000.
Yours Sincerely: Frieze, vol. 42. R. Rugoff, 1998.
Exhibitions and performances
House Music: A collaborative and improvised music performance at Matt’s Gallery as part of Jenny Moore’s radio project You Can’t Win Them All Ladies and Gentlemen.
Art Workers Guild: Simon was a chorister/moving body in Jenny Moore’s performance at the Block Universe Festival.
Do the Cou Cou: Simon devised and performed a song/dance routine addressing sexual politics as part Jenny Moore’s radio project You Can’t Win Them All Ladies and Gentlemen.
Failing in Love: Simon made a promotional music video for singer/songwriter Alice Mary.
Beaconsfield Residency: Simon took part in a month-long public residency at Beaconsfield gallery, culminating in a solo exhibition that explored reading as a performative and collaborative activity. He built three slapstick and intimate machines that responded to his movements by revealing a sequence of texts to the assembled audience. He understood himself as a techno-ventriloquist, using mechanical systems to throw his voice onto the printed page in real time.
Saturdays Live at the Serpentine: Simon was a chorister/moving body in Jenny Moore’s performative response to the gallery space.
Space-Time: The Future: A performance with Jenny Moore at Wysing Arts Centre’s annual music festival.
Open School East: A performance with Jenny Moore.
Biddle Brothers: A performance with Jenny Moore.
Resonance FM: A live radio performance with Jenny Moore.
October Gallery: A performance with Jenny Moore.
Supernormal Festival: A performance with Jenny Moore.
The Dentist: A performance with Jenny Moore.
Duke of Uke: A performance with Jenny Moore.
Save the Schoolhouse: A performance with Jenny Moore.
Songs for Reading Into (parts 1, 2 & 3): Publishing project and performance with Jenny Moore at X Marks the Bokship.
Jam (1): A performance at the Sugarhouse in London with Jenny Moore.
In Pursuit of Hirsute: Solo performance at Netil House in London.
Wedding Vows: A new song and performance in response to an invitation from the artist group Gandt for the And/Or Gallery in London.
Galapagos Postcard Project: A tradition on the island of Floreana invites tourists to leave a postcard without a stamp in a barrel on the beach, in the hope that a future visitor will one day pick it up and deliver it on to its intended destination. Simon found 22 postcards addressed to locations across the UK, and hand-delivered them in a single journey travelling by train and bicycle. The work featured in The Mobility Project – an event hosted at the Suvi Lehtinen Gallery in Berlin and the Meter Room in Coventry.
1998 – 2010
Blue Movie: Simon won a national award for a short education film that I facilitated with a group of young people in Brent, North West London.
Banff Centre Residency: Simon devised and performed a new body of work that responded to the residency’s location in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Requiem: Simon wrote a Requiem for a de-consecrated church within the Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Ecuador. The Latin lyrics of the Requiem were translated extracts taken from his existing body of songs. He set this text to an original score and performed the piece live with a string quartet and choir.
5217 St Laurent: Solo performance in Montreal, Canada.
Broadcast: A month-long collaborative project in Montreal with British artist Jesse Ash supported by the British Council and Articule Gallery.
Sonar Festival, Barcelona: Live performance.
The Feast of Silenus: Live performance at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Late at Tate: Live performance at Tate Britain.
Arrivals: Simon's songs were featured in a graduate group show at the Pump House Gallery.
Wight Biennial, Los Angeles: I was selected to perform Sad, Sad Songs of Wretchedness and Death – a repertoire of songs and short stories – at an international exhibition of graduate work curated by UCLA.
The Degree Show: For the graduating project as the Leeds 13, they staged an exhibition of other artists’ work, including Damien Hirst, Auguste Rodin, Jo Spence, Marcel Duchamp, Christo, Barbara Hepworth, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Margaret Harrison, Henry Moore and Jeff Koons.
Leeds 13, Going Places: Working as an art collective, Simon and his university course-mates secured a public art grant to put on a ‘conventional’ exhibition. Visitors to the event were taken to Leeds Airport just in time to see them arriving back from a week’s holiday in Spain, courtesy of the grant. As the tabloid press reacted with indignation and fury, they revealed that the holiday was in fact an elaborate hoax; they never left the country nor spent any of the money. The entire trip was simulated using the Scarborough coastline, false travel documents and lots of fake tan.
The Slade: Visiting speaker for the practice-based PhD programme.
The Slade: Visiting speaker for the practice-based PhD programme.
BBC World Service: Simon spoke on the ‘weekend’ programme about my postcard project.
International Conference on Narrative: Simon presented a paper/performance at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance: Simon presented a paper/performance at Plymouth University.
Euroacademia: Simon presented a paper/performance at a symposium in Prague.
ASAP: Simon presented a paper/performance at a symposium at the Royal College of Art.
Research as Catastrophe: Simon co-organised a symposium for PhD students at Goldsmiths.
Bergen Biennale II: Simon presented my research and staged a live performance.
Real Horror: Simon presented a paper/performance at a symposium in London.
Beyond Representation: Simon co-organised a symposium for PhD students at Goldsmiths.
Simon is currently building a speculative posthuman pop machine designed to eviscerate the antiquated overtures of desire proffered by mainstream popular music. Using the 3D Additivist Manifesto as a score and a provocation, he hopes to divine a strange new sexnoise that jacks straight into the central nervous system, confounding the liberal humanist libido.
Simon has recently been researching performativity in relation to higher educational teaching practices. In his lecture series at Southampton Solent University, he triggers moments of pedagogical weirdness in an attempt to address and explore the micro-political tensions embedded within contemporary art education. The ethos of collaboration and experimentation is central to his teaching practice. He nurtures the idea that learning is facilitated through moments of knotty communication, committed confusion, entangled self-reflexivity and thrilling uncertainty. In this model, students are not passive recipients, but active participants in a live and ongoing set of complexities.
He regularly collaborates with the artist/musician Jenny Moore, and they have recently embarked on a new improvisation project called House Music with three other artists/poets/musicians. The band collides sound poetry and vocal noise with a barrage of minimal post-punk soundscapes and excessive disco wig outs.
Whilst working on his PhD, Simon attended various international conferences and symposia, staging surprise musical interventions instead of the more conventional academic papers that were expected of him. This work irreverently toyed with the normative protocols associated with these academic events.
Simon's practice-based PhD project is titled Undead Melancholia: from Lost Modernism to Haptic Antagonism. It grows from the point at which psychoanalytical language is unable to contend with and capture the uniquely liminal state of undeadliness proffered by zombie fiction. He invents a glossary of fictitious psychoanalytical terms that allow him to set up undeadliness as a modernist utopian phantasy and then as a materialist critique of neoliberalism.
He is currently thinking through contemporary performance, thing theory, glitching, micro-politics and meditation, toxic landscapes, insects and intimacy, post-queer theories, science fiction, social activism, mental health and posthumanism.