I'm Howard Hardiman. Like most creative people, I work in many different fields. It mightn't sound like it all slots together, but to me what unites it all is that I've always been fascinated with communicating interesting ideas in interesting ways. I enjoy what I do and I'd like to think that sense of engagement comes through.
Here's some of the things I've worked on in the last few years:
- I've been making comic books for comic book fairs and you can find them online here and in some nice shops, too. Badger's got more friends than I have, I think, but he doesn't know it.
- I've put together performance installation pieces for Gay Shame, a major cabaret and sideshow night, the first being on the theme of masculinity where I ran a gay sauna where people went in and left as zombies and the second being a beauty salon where people could have a makeover while reading magazines with some brutal facts about the beauty industry's affect on women's rights.
- I've been a sign language interpreter for Channel 4, the BBC, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Whitechapel Gallery and other arts and media organisations. I also helped to make this video for The Unbending Trees.
- I worked with the National Maritime Museum, The Queen's House and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on their programme of events for adults with disabilities including developing their first multi-sensory astronomy workshop for blind and partially-sighted visitors.
- I set up a community exhibition in Brockley where local people contributed pictures of the streets occupied by monsters and giant robots. A local councillor said it helped to understand anxieties of local people, local people said it had a giant ape hanging off a church spire and was quite funny.
I'm studying an MA in Visual Art at Camberwell at the moment, it's a part-time course, so I'm looking forward to getting involved in exciting projects. Things that excite me are about people's experiences of the world and each other, inspiring science, the tiny miracles we notice if we slow down and take the time to look, difference and disability, social justice, getting people engaged in the places and structures they occupy and I'm perpetually astonished by the power of joy and dreams.
If you'd like to get in touch with me, you can email me at hhardiman (at) gmail (dot) com, although you'll have to turn that into a real email address to prove you're not a robot. If, however, you are a robot and you want to have a chat, I would love to hear from you, too.