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.
of exchange carried by bodily desire Item: Groceries (Real Foods) Cost: £18.75 Needs: 10% Survival, 20% Safety, 20% Love/belonging, 10% Esteem, 40% Self-actualisation Affect: Good / +6 Notes fancy tea and seaweed soap and soy milk and avocados and flaked almonds and for goodness’ sake crispbread / but none of this registers as a cultural signifier / […]
smile and am extra nice Item: Meal Out Cost: £4Needs: 40% Survival, 50% Safety, 10% Love/belongingAffect: Bad / -5 Notes needed food in a hurry / went to a wrap place i used to like / it’s changed its sign its menu changed hands again / but i’m late now / the staff are slow and overwhelmed and i feel disgruntled and disappointed / then i see the entitlem […]
crunching of carapace and scraping of brains Item: Meal Out (Lobster Shack) Cost: £7.50 Needs: 10% Survival, 10% Safety, 40% Love/belonging, 40% Self-actualisation Affect: Excellent / +7 Notes the luxurious food signifies “day out” / the fish both “seaside” and “glorying in amoral indulgence” / the lobster recalls less wonderful lobster / and writing b […]
objects carry absurd and contradictory Item: Snack (ScotMid) Cost: £3.24 Needs: 40% Safety, 60% Self-actualisation Affect: Good / +4 Notes i am not hungry / but i’m worried about becoming hungry / before i have access to food again / i try to work out what food is appropriate in this context / what is a “sustaining” or “healthy” snack but not a meal / […]
personal i’ll gloss around Item: Travel / EntertainmentCost: £15 Needs: 10% Safety, 80% Love/belonging, 10% Self-actualisationAffect: Excellent / +8 Notes a series of joint purchases for a day out / collapsed into one sum / so what do i post here / what do i record as “my” purchase / what do i take responsibility for / this project pretends to be exhaust […]