William Bowles - a brief biography
18 February 2012
This is way out of date and not really suitable in its present form and it only covers the period to 2002. I'm not sure why I put it up in the first place. But until I get round to putting together a new one, it'll have to do.
I have been working in the fields of the arts, media and communications for over thirty-five years and during that time Ive covered a lot of ground and in a lot of places. Ive also accumulated a lot of skills and expertise. I consider myself a talented individual, not afraid of the new and not afraid to take on new challenges. Indeed, I seem to thrive on them. Standing still is not an option.
But after 27 years abroad, I found myself back in the city of my birth, London in 2002 and where I spent the first 30 years of my life, contemplating my future and the direction I would like my life to take. Since coming back to London I have been involved in a number of projects including developing the brief and business plan for city-based broad band wireless network with the focus on marketing/distribution of digitally based cultural products and home and office based connectivity (still on-going) and spending a lot of time writing, both fiction (one novel completed and a second in the works as well as working on a script for a full length feature movie about exile) and current affairs essays for this site (which has taken over my life for the time being). I am also currently engaged in contributing a chapter for a book on the Bush family to be published later this year.
The 1960s to the 1970s
During this period I worked on community-based design projects including the design and conversion of a double decker bus into a mobile pre-school (Islington Bus Co) in 1972 (which is still in service) and work with Keith Albarn and Partners on a variety of design projects. Later, I moved into more traditional areas of public art, completing projects in a variety of media in different parts of the country and for different clients. Work completed included an in-situ concrete mural in Western-Super-Mare and a plastics and light wall for Bath University.
In 1975 I moved to New York City and once more found my diverse cultural background a solid foundation for working in another multi-cultural environment, East Harlem where for six years I directed the design and conversion of the first Hispanic museum in North America, El Museo del Barrio under the leadership of Jack Agüeros, its director. El Museo won awards for its ground-breaking exhibition spaces and the work they contained. This was a particularly rewarding project as it enabled me to synthesise a number of skills on both the practical and theoretical level, and where my hands-on experience and skills in actually building things made a direct impact on the creation of the museum as well as adding to my own abilities.
The 1970s to the 1980s
The 1980s to 2002
But writing, which has always been a passion and a talent I was fortunate to possess, led me back into the world of words, although I continued to work in the world of information technology but with the focus less on the technology than on the skills needed to harness it in the transformation of society. I lectured and developed courses at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism at Wits University in the online environment as well workshops on the role of IT in the transformation of government for the School of Public Development Management. Amongst the last projects I completed in South Africa were three scripts for television, for a young, black-owned film production company, Fuzebox Productions on Freedom Day, Youth Day and the National Anthem, Nkosi Sikilel iAfrica for the SA government.