Artist Chris Dooks
I am an interdisciplinary artist and PhD doctoral researcher based in Ayr, Scotland.
I’m also a composer of electronic music and sound art with releases on several labels and aliases.
In the late 1990s, I was a TV director for arts television programmes including The South Bank Show.
However, in 1998 I became ill whilst on location in California working for PBS. As I fell apart, my TV career ended and so began an intense learning curve in coping with chronic ill health and initially, a return to my training as a photographer.
Over the following decade, I developed a successful art practice sympathetic to my new life which has been the foundation for academic enquiry since 2010. My forthcoming PhD deals with creative strategies regarding the illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or M.E, asking how such an art practice may serve to offset or augment the relationship between the cultural practitioner and the illness. I am married to an author and we have an effervescent baby boy. This site features snapshots of the dozens of projects I’ve been involved in since 1994 and a current Cv. And more importantly, pictures of the bairn*.This site is best viewed with a fast connection for the streaming media pages. Please allow these pages (from bandcamp, vimeo and external sites) to load. Google Chrome recommended.
*Northern English / Scottish term for child, similar to ‘wean’.