the Opticon

as part of the Torque #2 project, Sam Skinner and I inhabited the Claude Parent structure in Tate Liverpool’s Wolfson Gallery, and produced a booksprinted newspaper on the themes of security, privacy and surveillance. The final publication is designed by Mark Simmonds, it  includes poetry by J.R. Carpenter, Mez Breeze, S.J. Fowler, Patricia Farrell, Rhys […]


SYNDROME arts lab and events programme for Liverpool 2014/15 exploring interaction and affect in new media performance. Events programme curated by Nathan Jones Produced by Nathan Jones (Mercy) with The Hive Collective Featuring new work by hannah silva, simon jones, sam meech, erik bunger, lawrence lek, marco donnarumma, joel eaton, antonio roberts, tom schofield, john bowers,rachel sweeney, mark […]

Torque (triptych)

By Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner The publication Torque #1 is presented here in three formats – printed, digital, and speed reading – utilising bespoke manufacturing processes, from coding and bookbinding, to artisan woodwork and print-on-demand cushions – inviting the reader to discursively explore the texts, their mediums of transmission, and the act of reading. […]


Nodes is an ongoing theatre/performance writing project by myself and Mark Greenwood. http://sedonodes.tumblr.com/ We recently appeared on the Verb with EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD IS EXACTLY THE SAME ‘two minutes of lang-bliss’ And we have also shown at Rich Mix LDN, and 24 Kitchen Street and The Cornerstone Theatre in Liverpool. Social‐science fiction for the […]

Torque #1: Mind Language Technology

A symposium, workshops, performance event and an ebook publication by Link Editions. Co-produced with Sam Skinner. detail on this project can be found on torquetorque.tumblr.com ____________________ the book, is here: http://linkeditions.tumblr.com/torque1 including my essay “Fountain of Shadows: Schizo Literature in Convergence Culture” Torque brings together a diverse collection of essays and artworks, many newly commissioned for […]

Electric Blanket

FACT project, with Liverpool Mutual Homes, to create a special digital literacy programme of work for their residents. I met with residents in their schemes to learn about their lives and show them interesting uses of digital technology.  This film show 30 of the 50 residents engaged with the talking about an object that is […]

New Death

Surround sound audio, installed in ceiling grid. Story by China Meilville Concept and performance by Nathan Jones Recording and production by Carl Brown Taking its title from a newly commissioned piece of writing by China Mieville, New Death is an audio interpretation of Mieville’s thoughts of what the future of death might be; his imaginings of […]

Future City: unpacking the library

I made this performance for Liverpool Biennial’s Future City symposium. The brief was to work with a newly gathered ‘Future Library’ consisting of 122 texts, and create a 15 minute performance. My approach was to appropriate selections from the library, using the word “NOW” to cut through the vast amount of texts and create a […]

Live Writing

Some images of the Live Writing software I developed at Mercy with Mark Greenwood and Sam Meech.  The interface is made by Sam Meech using Isadora.  We’re really keen that people take advantage of this software and help us explore its potentials. The Live Writing interface essentially allows for writing-as-peformance – not only at the […]

Nuance, Nuisance, Jouissance _ TALK

A performance paper I delivered at Brunel University. The complete title is “Nuance, Nuisance, Jouissance: notes towards a noise poetic” There is a lot of, hopefully productive, wordplay and mixing-up of terminologies, texts and disciplines in this talk, so bear with me!   Bibliography   Notes Towards a Noise Poetic by Nathan Jones alittlenathan.co.uk   […]

Last Words Forever

At Cafe Oto for Mercy’s ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA show May 2012. The latest iteration of this bass-noise and lyric performance, with a backing track from Tom Smith and analogue controls this time by Andy Hunt. Was an exhausting performance for some reason, under the lights and with the interface not fully responding as it should. […]

Mercy 2010-2012

I’ve been producing work under the monika of Mercy for over a decade.  Below are some of the projects I curated with Mercy, 2010-12. Projects from 2012 onward are listed under the ‘Curating’ tab of the main website. Projects prior to 2010 can be viewed on the Mercy portfolio here   Mark Greenwood‘s LAD BROKE, […]

CASCADE _ visual poem

Experiments reworking quotations and poetry from my performances and theory reading using columns and ‘track-changes’ in my word processor.  Submitted as part of my MPhil thesis in 2012. The pages hopefully reflect and enact a kind of rich reading experience with many layers and operate in a way which questions the nature of a ‘pure’ […]

Performance at Maintenant _ with Richard Barrett

Developed a collaborative work with poet Richard Barrett and performed it at the illustrious Maintenant Camerade series curated by Steven Fowler. The conceit was that Richard wrote some poems and I performed an inflationary gesture on them using a variety of appropriatory, improvisation and glitch techniques to fill the pages with text. In performance we […]

Vision/Fragment _ with Tom Rea Smith

Poetry performance with analogue-glitch av interface. A visceral vocal reading of corrupted and perverted lyric poems accompanied by a soundtrack by Tom Rea Smith, played through a compressor, so the vocal ‘cuts-out’ or ‘pushes-back’ the soundtrack, creating a live glitch interface. The performance was augmented by live writing, using specially commissioned software, developed with by […]

The Escaped Zoo – with Sam Skinner

This piece was a concept Sam and I developed for Mercy’s project in the Liverpool City Council ‘Shops Up Front’ programme. Stretching across two windows in the old Lewis’ building in Liverpool The Escaped Zoo is a re-working of a page of type for a ‘street’ context. By layering up levels of text and imagery, […]

Noah’s Ark _ publication

Henningham Family Press have done a smashing job of producing a publication of this collaboration between myself and Sam Meech.  The book is handmade, and features a leather cover with a silver foil on the front and inside cover. It is my first official publication, and I am really proud of it. It retails at […]

Generous Illusions _ performance lecture

“an extremely ambitious piece, delivered with a wonderful combination of confidence and sensitivity.” Paul Luckraft, Oxford Contemporary Art A ‘performance lecture’ which I originally wrote as part of a residency at the Bluecoat and performed with a voice-responsive visual by Scott Spencer and audio by Carl Brown. The piece is an experiment in combining several […]

Knowledge Lives Everywhere _ at FACT

I was asked to create a new performance for the speech moment at FACT’s ‘Knowledge Lives Everywhere’ exhibition. The show was curated by the participation team, so I developed a little intervention where visitors to the show got to craft my speech before I read it. Visitors selected from a series of coloured cards, which […]

Noah’s Ark – film

Here is a trailer for the film, which is available for film festivals: (you can see more about the film on the Noah’s Ark film website) I produced a new poetic monologue for Sam’s film, reflecting his process of re-sampling, by taking existing poems and journalistic texts and running them through transformative processes. Hopefully the […]


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