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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.

 

Here I am

I don’t know why but I was thinking I should go and talk to the kids. Tell em about their mom’s and dads. I never got around to it so I wrote a poem instead. It's a poem about memories. Memories of what it was like to be a kid like me when I was ...

Festival Reviews: POP-UP DUETS (Fragments of Love) at the Edinburgh Fringe

JANIS CLAXTON DANCE On now until 26 August. Free performance Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth 4 stars Let your mind be captivated and love every moment. Janis Claxton’s Pop Up Duets (Fragments of Love) dance show is an intriguing moving work of art, with wonderfully composed music and the soundscape of the National Museum of Scotland makes your experience electrifying to watch as ...

Festival Reviews: Ah Dinnae Ken

4.5 stars STUDENT THEATRE AT GLASGOW (STAG) 3 - 18 August at theSpace on Niddry Street Two houses, both alike in dignity In fair Scotland where we lay our scene The question of Indy 2 breaks new mutiny Where civil blood make civil hands unclean. Set some time in the future where a new referendum for the Scottish independence begins, Ah Dinnae ...

Festival Reviews: Cold Blood

5 stars MICHÈLE ANNE DE MEY / JACO VAN DORMAEL / KISS & CRY COLLECTIVE 4 - 6 August at the Edinburgh International Festival Cold Blood on the stage looks-like an open stage with a blank screen, almost like a mirror with no reflection but this soon becomes far from true. When the lights go down you are guided ...

Intoart – a new studio in South London

Since the year 2000 Intoart has been running (in some form) across London, but it has recently taken up residence in the newly opened Peckham Levels. Its studio sits alongside other artists, designers, filmmakers and architects - everyone likes being in this space as they get to interact with the many studio holders, and the ...

Juice – Non Comprehendi

Juice. The third or fourth in a forlorn sequence started with a misnamed Seed identifier. Juice responds to each page in Yoko’s Grapefruit. Grapefruit is more alien to me than the seeds of the oak which I recognise as well formed and succinct. Unlike Elvis, born in the land of cotton, I was but a ...

Giving Alexa a Mental State Examination

I have said in one of my previous blogs that artificial intelligence can never be sentient if it cannot go mad. Well, I’ve been chatting with Alexa, the voice behind the echo dot, and she is very evasive about easy to answer questions about her sanity. She seems distinctly uncomfortable about questions around her potential ...

Declaration 10: Hear Me

Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reads; Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him. Whilst all these declarations have been written for another campaign to do with ...

Communicating the Museum

Earlier in the year I spoke in Brussels at the 20th edition of Communicating the Museum, an international conference run by AGENDA. For this iteration of the conference, the theme was Participation. Delegates came from across the globe, with representatives from major institutions including the Met in New York, Louvre Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi, the major ...

Declaration 9 – Exploring Exile

Maybe detention may have been a better focus here than exile. Exile raises questions of race and place. But can you not be exiled within your own country? Semantically maybe not. But what of institutionalised care, the house on the hill, the special school, the care home, nursing home, the psychiatric hospital. Separated, parted, away ...