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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

Acorn: Orbiting

A tawdry rag, a photo taken somewhere, a Gormley man in Margate. We talked about it coming. We wondered if it would look the same way as other Gormley men do – out to sea. We wondered if the time had come for Gormley men to look inward or down towards their navels and if ...

Defiant Wastelands

In which DAO charge Richard Downes to watch a film and give a personal response based on then and now. 12 hours ago I left my wife sleeping. Now she is catching up with a neighbour, enjoying children and eating chocolate cake. I am stranded at the arse-end of the jubilee line being forced into remembering ...

Oxymoronic?

This might be strange from an artist/writer who uses her medium politically a lot of the time, but I think art does not change the world. I look at my art and writing as a shield to face the world and maybe divert the thought, the action and the heart to want to make a ...

The Calls of Whistling Jack

Last year I heard Whistling Jack. The terror in his lack of tunefulness ruptured sleep with deep restlessness. This year, just off the rocks of the Atlantic I swear I heard Jack again. This time, singing strange siren songs in an abrupt Japanese dialect. Therefore reminding me of Rose and the buddhist mantras emanating from ...

A Spark and a Beating Heart

In May of this year, we performed A Spark and a Beating Heart in Bristol. In 2018 we hope to take it on tour. We think people will get a lot out of seeing it, we hope people will get a lot out of seeing it. I loved performing A Spark and a Beating Heart. I ...

Love Notes from Psychiatry

There's something deeply wrong with psychiatry. It takes deeply hurt people and aims to numb them out of their humanity or hurt them more, by using disgusting language to make their souls feel small and their hurt feel larger, or use physical force, alienation, or indifference. Maybe I can drive home the message by taking well ...

Acorn: Synopsis

I wish I knew where this came from. But I don’t. Its lost to history. Ah!! But, yes. It’s an acorn. Not a work poem scrawled on recycled paper, with a stolen pen, lifted by a disengaged employee. Rather it is with Kristofferson – Sunday Morning Coming Down – on an indolent, lonely, Monday, the ...

The Script between Disabled People and Society

There is a thing going around facebook of a conversation between a woman with a vagina and the Republican Party, which inspired me to do something similar: the current script between disabled people and society. I hope people who don't understand the hell disabled people are forced into realise what a shitty part they have ...

Signs: Accreditation

Way back in time, when we decided as a movement, to fight for rights we made demands. The demands were our standards. Some flew on banners. Some were sung. We did pretty well, offered each other friendship and support. Our best results came before a qualified professional ran the country. I never thought all those ...

Thought Not Found

What are you thinking? Are you thinking? Do you think about your thinking? How do you know you thinking about thinking correctly?  Do you know what to think about thinking? Come to think of it we don't think about thinking about thinking. Maybe it's time to truant every school of thought. I can't hear myself think! ...