Yesterday I went to meet David Jacques at his studio.

All images are from his website, and the videos are from his youtube channel.

Penny and Dan were interested in seeing his new work, and thought I might like to speak to him - he deals very much with the edges of the city, the abandoned non-places that used to have meaning, such as the docks and industrial estates north of the centre.

His latest work, North Canda - English Electric, documented in this video (in two parts), deals with just such places, and has just won him the Liverpool art prize. He has also been nominated for the Northern Art Prize.

We spoke about the ownership of the city and private spaces (Liverpool One, Grosvenor, the church, university campuses). We also spoke about a collaborative piece of performance he is working on with two other artists and a drama group. The piece is inspired by Hansel and Gretel, and a book by W.G Sebald called, Austerlitz.

I won't say too much about what David told us about the piece, as it is being performed as part of this years Liverpool Biennial. It was a strange coincidence that the piece of work I'll be performing on the 9th of August at the Royal Standard will be loosely based on ideas contained within another of Sebald's books, The Rings of Saturn.