Harry Giles, a performer-maker, poet, and general doer of things.
Where should I go?
Click on the About page to find out more about who I am and what I do, or the Gigs, Shows &c page for professional credits, or the Upcoming Events page for where you can find me soon. Read the blog to the left to look at what I've been thinking about recently; browse it and my sites to the right. Below are updates from my year-long project Everything I Bought And How It Made Me Feel.
What is Harry up to?
Harry makes art about how it feels to live under capitalism, and writes poetry in Scots and English. Currently he is working on the performance projects "What We Owe" and "I Want to Blow Up the Palace of Holyroodhouse". He is also co-organising Inky Fingers, a spoken word event series; co-curating ANATOMY, a quarterly night of experimental performance; and reviewing poetry for Sidekick Books and Sabotage.
the purchase loses incidental friction Item: Travel (MTA) Cost: £12.30 Needs: 50% Safety, 50% Self-actualisation Affect: Fair / +1 Notes as my knowledge gets better / and the purchase loses incidental friction / i don’t so much feel better about it / but am able to extract ordinary daily anxieties / from the specific affect of the purchase itself / th […]
consume than to be and join Item: Entertainment (Spoken Word)Cost: c.£8.01 Needs: 100% Self-actualisation Affect: Good / +5 Notes i’m back / but something in me has changed settings / i can’t find my sense of participation / i feel like i am now here more to study and consume than to be and join in / and paying at the door feels more like paying for a s […]
of walking and the visual acquisition Item: Meals Out (across New York) Cost: c.£41.28Needs: 10% Survival, 30% Safety, 60% Self-actualisationAffect: Excellent / +7 Notes so this is my vegan tour / it was all glorious / and all tinged with the same anxieties about consumption and authenticity and presence / i could tease out the specifics of each consumer […]
free stuff has faded for Item: Service (Money) Cost: £5.70 Needs: 50% Safety, 50% Self-actualisationAffect: Bad / -6 Notes i’m annoyed with myself for not getting enough dollars in advance / and for spending so much / and annoyed with the world for extorting cash from me / and with how travel and tourism creates extra spending through uncertainty / i d […]
the zodiac for all it matters Item: Meal Out (Angelika) Cost: c.£33.86 Needs: 10% Survival, 15% Safety, 25% Love/belonging, 25% Esteem, 25% Self-actualisationAffect: Excellent / +8 Notes there it is / i’ve found the melody / the swing / the groove / the pleasure i was aiming for / indulgence and conversation and high quality vegan banqueting joy / maybe […]