In 2001, post 9/11 and at the start of the war in Afghanistan. I was exploring liminal states of dislocation, grief and experiences of the uncanny. I conducted a number of experiments with performance, the layering of imagery through projection, photography and installation of juxtaposed dislocated objects. In all these experimental pieces of work I was looking to transform the day-to-day and allow space for altered perception. Some days after recording the solitary performance, Rend, I realised the resonance it had with the history of my home village. I grew up in Eyam, Derbyshire where, in 1665, plague killed a third of the villagers. It was thought the disease had been carried by rat fleas, conveyed to the village from London in a trunk full of cloth, delivered to the village tailor.

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