Monday, 27 September 2010

New website, new blogs

Please visit for updates on Mertle, Eating Secret and a new research venture on our eating behaviours

Please join the blog there!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Mertle features in The Guardian and the Times

Here's what Viv Groskop in the Guardian wrote:

and Jane Czyzelska writing in the Times:

.....after touring to art depot, roundhouse, kingston university and tate modern, Mertle is hanging up her skirt and letting her hair loose for summer.
More images at:

Credits: Mertle's Boudoir M.E.S.S) at Roundhouse, photos: Alica D. / Tate Modern, East Room, 5th Floor, photos: Zoe Greenan.

15th September 4pm, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich, Park Row, London SE10 9LS.
4-6pm Secret Collecting
7pm Performance (Tate Modern Drawing on Experience re-enactment/homage to Bobby Baker)

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Eating Secret at Arts Depot: Enjoy a bite of life!

Come and have a big gulp of joy with Mertle! Enjoy a bite of life!

Art Depot - Mertle collected 30 secrets at Arts Depot for Depot Untapped. She found herself in the cleaning cupboard, which became her Mobile Eating Secret Station (the MESS) for a weekend at the start of May. She cleaned. She collected. She served up the secrets in a pudding demonstration.

The Roundhouse (Camden) Dates:

22nd May - one to ones (up to 5 minutes in duration; places limited): Music Rehearsal Room (please bring a secret):
from 18:00 to 19:00 and 20:00 to 22:00;
24th May - public performance of secrets: Bloomberg Room, from 15:45 to 16:45.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

About Mertle's MESS
The Mobile Eating Secret Station and Mertle are currently touring.
Next venue: Depot Untapped for Art Depot, London, MAY 2 & 3.
Details: 2-4pm, May 2 & 1-3pm, May 3.
Performance lecture: 7pm, May 3.

Eating Secret launched last year at Whitstable Biennale Satellite. I waited for secrets on eating at Starvation Point, a memorial where poverty-stricken sailors would wait for work. I collected over 100 from the public. The collection is growing.
If you would like to get involved, you can
1. Email me a secret on eating to:
2. Deposit one here in the comment box
3. Have a tête à tête with me about your secret on eating at a variety of places around London this spring/summer. The first is Art Depot for Depot Untapped on May 2 and May 3. On the evening of May 3rd at 7pm I give a performance lecture on the secrets. Cupcakes galore! Free!

You confess your secret on eating. I offer you a cake. We both ingest.

Your secret will be added to the archive, but you, my interviewee, remain anonymous: our exchange fleeting, remembered in the shadows.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

MESS launches 31 March and diary dates

The Mobile Eating Secret Station will launch March 31st.

Eating Secret London dates:

(split usually between collecting the secrets during a tête à tête and a performance lecture)

2 & 3
Art Depot for Depot Untapped festival. Have a tête à tête with Mertle 2-4pm, May 2 & 1-3pm, May 3. Performance lecture: 7pm, May 3.

22 & 24
The Roundhouse, Camden for the Accidental Festival organised by Central School of Speech and Drama.

Tate Modern, for Oriana Fox's stunning evening in association with Make Archive & Feminist Review. Mertle will collect secrets & re-enact a short piece from her favourite British performance artist. Details revealed later ...

Performing Lives symposium at Kingston University

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Mobile Eating Secret Station launches 2nd March

Trust me ....