Matthew Watkins/Professor Appleblossom speaking engagments




pre-Professor Appleblossom

"Sacred number and sacred geometry" seminar
Alternative Cornwall Convergence
Keveral Farm, near Looe, Cornwall
Autumn 1999
[undocumented event]

"sacred geometry" interactive demonstration
Bouree traditional music and dance weekend
near Creswell Quay, Pembrokeshire
May 2001
[undocumented event]

The Gap with performance artist Phil Smith
[experimental street theatre piece exploring the life and work on 19th century mathematician William Clifford]
BA Festival of Science, Exeter
5th–7th September 2004
[link]  [link]  [link]
[video exists – to be recovered at some point]



as Professor Raphael Appleblossom

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance maths seminar"
Big Green Gathering
near Cheddar, Somerset
4th–6th August 2006
[personal blog entry]   [Idiolect blog entry]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance maths seminar"
Big Green Gathering
near Cheddar, Somerset
3rd–5th August 2007
[blog entry]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance maths seminar"
Science Area, Secret Garden Party
near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
25th‐27th July 2008
[blog entry]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance woodland maths seminar"
Sondryfolk Forest, Smugglers Festival 2011
near Deal, Kent
4th September 2011
[video exists – to be recovered at some point]

"The evolutionary history of conifers"
Sondryfolk Autumnul Jamboree
Littlehall Pinetum, near Canterbury
28th October 2011
[undocumented event]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance woodland maths seminar"
Sondryfolk Forest, Smugglers Festival 2012
near Deal, Kent
31st August and 1st September 2012
[video exists – to be recovered at some point]

"Mathematics of the Sun-Moon-Earth system (plus the Great Moon Landing Conspiracy Debate)"
Sondryfolk Forest, Smugglers Festival 2012
near Deal, Kent
2nd September 2012
[undocumented event]

"Euclid's formula"
[free jazz/maths improvisation experiment, with Sam Bailey, Tom Jackson, Matt Wright]
Free Range series
Veg Box Cafe, Canterbury
24th October 2012
[video]

"Pythagorean triangles and the Sun-Moon-Earth system"
["sermon" delivered from church pulpit as "Rev. Appleblossom"]
Dawn Chorus/Smugglers/Sondryfolk record release event
St. Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich, Kent
17th November 2012
[video may exist – to be recovered at some point]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance maths seminar"
People's Parlour, WOMAD 2013
near Malmesbury, Wiltshire
26th–28th July 2013
[blog entry]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance woodland maths seminar"
Sondryfolk Forest, Smugglers Festival 2013
near Deal, Kent
30th August 2013
[video may exist – to be recovered at some point]

"The mathematics of moss"
Sondryfolk Forest, Smugglers Festival 2013
near Deal, Kent
31st August 2013
[undocumented event]

compèring main stage
[exploring a spontaneous stream-of-consciousness and interactive compèring style]
Smugglers Festival 2013
near Deal, Kent
1st September 2013
[video may exist – to be recovered at some point]

"The Fischer-Griess Monster Group"
[free improv/maths experiment with Sam Bailey and the Canterbury Scratch Trio]
Free Range series
Veg Box Cafe, Canterbury
31st October 2013
[blog entry]

"The evolution and standardisation of the alien archetype"
[25 minute lecture to introduce band Lapiz Lazuli's debut performance of their Alien album]
The Penny Theatre, Canterbury
21st April 2014
[video]

"Robert Wyatt and the ontological status of the so-called 'Canterbury Scene'"
Smugglers Pop Up Festival
near Deal, Kent
4th May 2014
[undocumented event]

"Maths in the Woods"
secret woodland location
near Canterbury
3rd August 2014
[video exists and will surface eventually]

"Maths in the Woods 2"
secret woodland location
near Canterbury
17th August 2014
[video exists and will surface eventually]

"Numerical alchemy and the roots of unity (mathematics, love and marriage)"
John and Vicky's wedding party
near Deal, Kent
23rd August 2014
[presumably unrecorded, but photos may surface]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance woodland maths seminars"
Smugglers Festival 2014
near Deal, Kent
27–29th August 2014
[video exists and will surface eventually]

"The ontology of n-tets"
Introducing Arlet
The Forge, Camden
9th December 2014
[undocumented, as far as I know]

"The Epic of Gilgamesh (and a bit of quantum chemistry)"
Introducing Lapis Lazuli
The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
6th Feburary 2015
[Filmed with multiple cameras, video may surface, and audio is apparently going to be sampled for forthcoming album!]

"Professor Appleblossom's Freestyle Mathematics"
Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire
7th–9th August 2015
[undocumented, as far as I know]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance woodland maths seminar"
Smugglers Festival, Deal, Kent
3rd–6th September 2015
[undocumented, as far as I know]

"Retrocausality and Other Reverse-Time Phenomena"
with sound artist and turntablist Prof. Matthew Wright, plus improvising musicians Phil Holmes and Aidan Shepherd
Free Range City avant garde arts event
part of the International Festival of Projections
Rutherford College cloisters, University of Kent at Canterbury
19th April 2016
[video]

DJ Professor Appleblossom selects tunes
Crash of Moons Club, Bramleys, Canterbury (and elsewhere)
monthly, from August 2015
[various playlists here]

Prof. Appleblossom featured centrally in Deerhoof's "Dispossessor" music video (from their 2016 album The Magic), "demonstrating" the Banach–Tarski Paradox
filmed 12th June 2016, Little Mongeham, Kent, released 26th July 2016
[video]

"Professor Appleblossom's freestyle performance woodland maths seminar"
Smugglers Festival 2016
(with bonus Sunday night DJ set!)
near Deal, Kent
2nd-4th September 2016

"Are We Missing Half the Picture: Retrocausality and other reverse-time phenomena"
interactive performance lecture for Bristol Biennial
Loft 6D space
8th September 2016

Leonie Evans & friends Collaborations Volume 1 album launch
Rose Hill Tavern, Brighton
freestyle performance maths lecturing
17th November 2016

The Return of the Spacegoats
The Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury
intro/outro-ducing the band
11th February 2017



As Dr. Matthew Watkins

"Secrets of Creation"
[experimental maths/art collaboration with artist Conrad Shawcross]
Urbanomic Studios, Falmouth, Cornwall
13th–21st March 2010
[event info]

Evolver 'webinar' on Terence McKenna
[with Dennis McKenna and Mark Pesce]
online seminar, part of Evolver Intensives series
25th June 2011
[subscription-only webinar – no link available]

"How to explain the Riemann–von Mangoldt explicit formula to the general public"
[seminar for academic staff and postgraduates]
Mathematics Department, University of Kent at Canterbury
27th September 2011
[seminar listings]

"The tangential forum"
[freestyle multi-way experimental education project]
private residence, Canterbury
17th January 2012
[undocumented event]

"The philosophical significance of the distribution of prime numbers"
[invited guest talk]
The Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society
private residence, Oxford
25th March 2012
[undocumented event]

"The Mayan prophecy, Time-Wave Zero and 2012: The great debate"
[with Daniel Pinchbeck (via Skype), Andy Letcher, Gyrus, Cameron Adams]
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series
October Gallery, London
27th November 2012
[event info]

"Timewave Zero and the 'Watkins Objection'"
[UKC Psychedelics Society invited lecture]
University of Kent at Canterbury
11th December 2012
[event info]

"Psychedelic music in the UK and the 'Canterbury Scene'"
[UKC Psychedelics Society invited lecture]
University of Kent at Canterbury
5th February 2013
[event info]

"Inspired By Math: Matthew Watkins" (74 minute telephone interview)
for Sol Lederman's "Wild About Math!" blog
10th March 2013
[audio]

"Sheaf theory for conceptual artists"
"When Site Lost the Plot" postgraduate seminar on site-specific art
facilitated by Robin Mackay of Urbanomic Studio, Falmouth
Goldsmiths College, London
7th May 2013
[event info]

"Time and number"
Breaking Convention
University of Greenwich
12th July 2013
[video]

chairing "Psychedelica Britannica" panel on psychedelic music in the UK
Breaking Convention
University of Greenwich
13th July 2013
[video]

chairing Littlehall Pinetum/Sondryfolk artists residency forum
[residencies I have been facilitating]
Sondryfolk Forest, Smugglers Festival 2013
near Deal, Kent
1st September 2013
[audio may exist – to be recovered at some point]

"Music and number: From Pythagoras to quantum field theory"
guest lecture for MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred
Christchurch University, Canterbury
22nd March 2014
[event info]   [video]

"Robert Wyatt and the ontological status of the so-called 'Canterbury Scene'"
[wall text in lieu of cancelled talk]
Opening of Cloud Cuckooland exhibition
Sounds New Festival, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury
2nd May 2014

"avant-garde compèring" of Free Range avant-garde events at Smugglers Festival 2014
near Deal, Kent
28th and 29th August 2014
[audio of me reading one of my cut-up texts can be heard here]

"Retrocausality and other reverse-time phenomena"
[UKC Psychedelics Society invited lecture]
University of Kent at Canterbury
8th March 2016
[video]

"Retrocausality and other reverse-time phenomena"
invited lecture
Weird Weekend
Hartland, Devon
21st August 2016

Syd Arthur & friends Apricity album launch
compering
Colyer-Fergusson Building, University of Kent at Canterbury
18th November 2016

The Reality Report (videoblog)
February 2015–present