Tess carried out her PhD with the support of the Creative Exchange. Her background is in theatre and performance and she is the Artistic Director of independent performance company Tender Buttons.
Tess' research considered the philsophical bearing of performance work that is made with(in) specific places. She carried out a series of performance-lead research projects in coastal landscapes, and her thesis addressed how 'Landscape Performance' shapes experiences of place and reveals new understandings of landscape. In particular she drew on Heidegger's notion of what 'things' are in order to explore how performance works with landscape as an artistic medium and collaborating presence.