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Simon turned his back on a career in Science after completing a Biology degree at Stirling University. He then spent many years as a musician before going on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

Simon has edited and produced many programmes for broadcast, ranging from arts documentaries to pop promos. He has also edited many video-dance works directed by Katrina McPherson, including ‘Pace’, ‘Sense-8’ and the award-winning ‘Moment’ and more recently 'The Truth' a 30 minute dance film for Ricochet Dance productions and ‘There’s Something You Should Know”.
Simon has made many single screen video art works and projections for several live dance performance works. These include collaborations with choreographer Marisa Zanotti in ‘Runner’, ‘16/17’ and ‘Wipe Out and with director Katrina McPherson.

In 2000, Simon was awarded one of the Year of the Artist residencies, creating digital work at a furniture design shop in Edinburgh. Recently Simon collaborated with Katrina McPherson making 2 new web dance works at Hyperchoreography.org funded by the Scottish Arts Council and AltW and made a series of work for the New Media Scotland 'Remote' residencies project in the Highlands of Scotland. In 2004 he was New Dynamics artist in residence for the Highland Council in Alness and Ardnamurchan, creating new videos, site specific installations and a new web work “Ardnamurchan Zillij”. He is currently producing a new work called Move-me.com and producing 2 new video dance works with Katrina McPherson. Simon has also created and curates the web-site ‘Left-Luggage.co.uk’; an ideas incubator.

Simon's draws inspiration from and is defined by the rhythms of human movement, tracing and manipulating the hidden (incidental) and the created (intentional) activity. With a lot of his work it's not a passive experience. You have to move to get something out of it or there is a kinaesthetic response to it. He always wants to dissolve barriers between the artist and the audience as a creative partner and transform the ordinary into something beautiful.


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