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 small was actually huge Item: Meal Out (Chippy)Cost: £5Needs: 30% Survival, 40% Safety, 30% Self-actualisationAffect: Good / -4 Notes so i wanted a cheap greasy packet of food / was looking forward to it for hours / when i bought it i thought / ooh that’s a bit steep / and for a small / but it turned out the small was actually huge / and the food was […]
consumption and purchase are decoupled Item: Snack Cost: £3 Needs: 10% Safety, 90% Self-actualisation Affect: Poor / -1 Notes damn the temptation of the b&b snack basket / damn the extortion / damn my hunger and sugar craving and bad planning / place the money in the basket it says / but when consumption and purchase are decoupled like that / it b […]
of forking out and so Item: Household (Electronics) Cost: £4.99 Needs: 50% Love/belonging, 50% Self-actualisation Affect: Bad / -5 Notes either there is some long con taking place / or i’m appallingly careless / my charger cables keep breaking / i’m desperate to make a call so i just buy another as quickly as i can / without finding out how to do it be […]
paying to have a nothing Item: Meal Out (M&S)Cost: £4Needs: 60% Survival / 40% Safety Affect: Poor / -1 Notes the emptiness of the experience if what is most striking / the routineness of it / it is all as expected / but without flair or comfort or indulgence or anything / it may as well be a food pill / i can’t tell if that’s inherent to the food or […]
not the tangled exchange of dead labour Item: Meal Out Cost: £10 / £15 (depending how you count) Needs: 10% Safety, 80% Love/belonging, 10% Self-Actualisation Affect: Good / +6 Notes a special and meaningful extravagance / again on another day the affect would go much higher / but i’m having a hard time / so “my own mood” drags this too-subjective […]