Curator #39: Greg Moodie
Greg Moodie is a writer and graphic designer with an impressively ludicrous CV and a poor recollection of anything on it. Technically Dundonian, he says he graduated from the city’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art ‘before the invention of fire’ but that, like Vegas, what happened there stayed there.
He cut his design teeth working for the most hated television production company in Edinburgh, creating hundreds of hours of historical documentaries for international broadcasters. It was here that he was taught how to avoid paying bills and other skills that would stand him in good stead in the following 14 years he has spent as a freelancer.
In a ‘lunatics taking over the asylum’ moment, Greg began writing and directing his own documentaries for these internationals, winning several awards in the process. But when his ‘History of the Devil’ compared the Bush administration’s handling of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the witch trials of the Middle Ages, things went quiet. He believes he could have continued in television had he been content to remain underpaid but by then he had a steady stream of demanding but naive design clients that mistook his freelance status for a willingness to work.
Greg has written two novels, ‘The Unbearable Stupidity Of Being' and 'Six Degrees Of Stupidity' both of which feature his alter-ego, the under-employed Tony Boaks. He is on record as offering a free home-perm kit (for all bodily hair) to the first publisher brave enough to take on either.
He is also a regular contributor to National Collective, where his weekly column is titled Tony Boaks Versus The Union. To those who accuse him of politicising the @ScotVoices account, he says: “Vote Yes.”
Follow Greg on Twitter: @gregmoodie
See also: Tony Boaks Despairing Notes