bricolagekitchen (aka Gillian Whiteley) brings together art, politics and multi-media improvisation
As artist-improviser (working with performative drawing, voice, piano, piano accordion, harmonium, melodica, pixiephone, hurdy-gurdy, violin, shruti-box and various objects) I practise across creative-critical boundaries in various collaborations with other thinkers, practitioners, writers and improvisers, for example, in [the gathering…the chewing], Alchemy/Schmalchemy, Les Petroleuses , [J]a[B]a[W].
I am a founder member of the Sheffield-based anti-choir Juxtavoices (as featured on Radio 3 Late Junction, in a live improvisation session at Maida Vale studios with Matmos and their washing machines.)
I am Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough University. Interests include historical and contemporary theories and practices of creative dissent, ludic protest, art activism, bricolage and detritus and cultural practices and production within socio-political contexts.
With members of the Politicized Practice Research Group, Anarchist Research Group and Theatre and Performance Research Groups at Loughborough University, I am currently working on collaborative projects around Re-imagining Citizenship and Art Activism and Political Violence .
Also see my webpage on academia