Some projects on which we have worked.
Seams—a performance about coal-mining—began as a geopoetics (walking and creative practice) workshop entitled, ‘Memories of Mining’. In June 2018, some of the texts from the exhibition formed the basis of a collaboration between the Dawdlers and participatory performance company, Restoke. Restoke stitched together readings of the ‘Memories of Mining’ texts with dance and music composed specifically for the show. After just 4 days of intense rehearsals, Seams was performed in Keele Chapel to a full house on June 11, 2018. The Dawdlers were joined by 3 professional performers and 16 community volunteers aged between 14 and 78.
The concept of 'news' is something that we are all familiar with, and in today's society it exists in many forms. 'News' as we recognise it began to emerge in the early modern period, bolstered by the proliferation, availability, and affordability of printing. Previous studies of the history of news have, quite rightly, emphasised the 'print revolution' as essential in explaining the emergence of a variety of news conduits, including the newspaper.
Parishes generated tens of thousands of receipts, or ‘vouchers’ listing the goods provided to the poor. The project's ambition is to collect information from over one hundred thousand vouchers, and use this to write over a thousand biographies of both the people who were in receipt of assistance and those involved in delivering goods and services to them.
The Dawdlers are a walking-reading, walking-writing group at Keele University. We combine walking (defined as a range of processes, some of which are bipedal) with creative practices, discussion, sociability and playfulness.
ESRC project ES/M002586/1, organised by Professor Sangeeta Khorana and Dr Maria Garcia, required a website and content management system to support a series of seminars that aimed to bring together researchers on the topic of free-trade agreements. The project needed a repository for published outputs, a source of news for the GIFTA network, as well as audio and video support and a reliable web presence. We supplied a full-service package comprising domain name, web development, and A/V services as well as five years of high-quality web hosting.
These figures were produced for Dr Catherine Merrick's lab as part of a project funded by UK Research Council grants MR/K000535/1 and MR/L008823/1. We designed a custom, data-driven diagramming tool to easily and clearly lay out the features and relationships of interest identified by work in the lab on a circular plot of the Plasmodium genome. Our tool exports high-res images and vector graphics suitable for direct submission as figures with the final manuscript.