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.
made as much as i’m making Item: Groceries (Corner Shop) Cost: £3.29Needs: 100% SafetyAffect: Fair / +3 Notes screw it i will call my basic comfort safety / the chocolate and the loo roll seem of a piece / both framed as basic comforts in my mind / but both created by a culture and economy of excessive consumption and production / i think of them as basi […]
seen the script but i’m not Item: Meal Out (Karines) Cost: c.£10.05 Needs: 10% Survival, 30% Safety, 10% Love/belonging, 50% Self-actualisation Affect: Good / +5 Notes the plate itself is obviously a thing of joy / the exchange is something different / here i have seen the show before / the excessive gleeful service and repeated my loves and my darling […]
the exchange of absurd local fiat Item: Travel (TTC)Cost: £15.11 Needs: 20% Safety, 80% Self-actualisation Affect: Fair / +2 Notes i wrote earlier about the suspect politics of travel systems / mechanisation and unemployment and productivity and the good efficient citizen system / but there’s also the aesthetics / i am reminded most of all of […]
for water and insisting will do Item: Drink (Coffee) Cost: c.£1.12 Needs: 100% Self-actualisation Affect: Bad / -5 Notes neither needed nor wanted / bought out of pure convention and embarrassment / because it’s a meeting / because at a meeting you get a drink / because it’s hard to insist you just want water / you have to persuade it’s not out of poli […]
always consumption is the easiest normality Item: Entertainment (Games) Cost: £29.04 Needs: 100% Self-actualisation Affect: Good / +4 Notes i suddenly felt lonely and far from home / looked for something to tether me / and old patterns of consumption felt helpful somehow / so a miniature game binge happens / and also there is always this […]