A new version of the ancient game of Nine Men’s Morris. The board is a floor plan of a building from the 1499 text Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (the Dream of Poliphilus); the counters feature lines of poetry describing rooms from my own imagination. The layout and character of the building are continually reconfigured as the game progresses. Exhibited at the National Poetry Library (Royal Festival Hall, London) and the Belfast Book Festival 2023.
An album of nursery rhymes by Drew Worthley & No Spinoza.
“Vividly reimagined as if through a glass darkly.”
– Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
– BBC Music Introducing
“Very new, very interesting… absolutely beautiful.”
– Curved Radio
“Enchanting… stellar… charming songwriting and uniquely powerful production. I’ve never heard anything quite like it.”
– Obscure Sound
“Hypnotic… the imprint of a very interesting universe.”
– Direct Actu
– The Wild is Calling
“Superbly evocative… eerie and melancholic and unsettling.”
– Various Small Flames
“Full and complex and entirely addictive.”
“The performance and deep sound are amazing.”
– Niche Music
Brine Field by Thomas Pearson
A site-specific installation embedded in an industrial landscape. Poems and monuments set in the reclaimed marshland of RSPB Saltholme respond to the submerged histories of a remarkable environment, now a haven for nature. Commissioned by Penned in the Margins and supported by River Tees Rediscovered.
“Great art.” – @gatesheedgreg
“Incredible how poetry can condense so much emotion, history and observation into so few words. A powerful tool in the hands of a master wordsmith.”
“Thoroughly fascinating insights. More like this please!”
“An excellent installation in an inspiring setting.”
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Thomas Pearson is a poet, artist, musician and architectural conservationist from the north-east of England, based in York.
His work concerns history, buildings and places.
His writing has been commissioned by Penned in the Margins and the University of Leicester and published by Litmus, Block, ASCHB and the Architects’ Journal. Exhibitions include a large-scale landscape installation at RSPB Saltholme and work at the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Poetry Library. He has been featured and has read live on BBC Tees, hosted two solo poetry evenings at Eleven Spitalfields gallery in London, and led poetry tours around various landscapes and buildings. Media coverage has included C20, NARC and several regional newspapers including the Northern Echo.
He has published a book of architectural photographs called Town.
As No Spinoza he has written and produced two solo albums of electronic folk songs and collaborated with Drew Worthley on a collection of reimagined nursery rhymes. His music has been played on BBC 6 Music and featured in session on BBC Radio York. His second album All and some was released as a set of films aired back-to-back as a performance.
He leads a conservation architecture team at Arup. Projects include the award-winning refurbishment of the Engineering Building in Leicester, one of Britain’s most daring and provocative buildings (James Stirling & James Gowan, 1959-63; Grade II*). He holds various advisory roles for work to historic buildings, including a seat on the Fabric Advisory Committee for Durham Cathedral. He has lectured at ASCHB, Docomomo, and several universities.
“A tour de force.”
“Pride of place in the architectural section of my library.”
– Lord Palumbo
“Addictive… like a shot of opium.”
– Colin Fournier (Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture)
“A nice cut on things… very pleased to have the poem in the magazine.”
– Robert Wilson (Editor, Block)
“It was wonderful… Thomas responded perfectly to the intimate and atmospheric surroundings of the gallery, and we were thrilled to invite him back to hold a second, repeat event.”
– Eleven Spitalfields
“Varied but fascinating experiential pieces. Love how the films match the music.”
“An astonishing collection of musical and visual material.”
– praise for All and some
“A wonderful poetry tour… absolutely fantastic.”
“I really enjoyed it.”
– praise for the Walbrook Triptych walk
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