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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.

 

Viewfinder, DAO’s ongoing video project, commissions Martin O’Brien to work with SPILL Festival

Martin O’Brien’s Viewfinder commission has delved into the SPILL archives and emerged as a set of conversations and accompanying playlist that are sure to spark further debate and enquiry. Disability Arts Online’s Viewfinder project is all about enabling people to find views on the world through artists videos in order to instigate meaningful conversations. The Illness ...

Radical Craft exhibition review By Sarah Watson

What are we talking about? We were at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and we went to see the Radical Craft exhibition, which I thought was “alternative art”. Artists used different materials and the artists came from different parts of the world including Denmark, Japan and Germany and of course the UK. What did it look like? The building ...

A day in the life of a SUPERHUMAN

In the wake of highly inspirational Olympics and Paralympics in Rio, an ordinary human caught up with a superhuman: What is the most superhuman thing about you? (Please pick only one superhuman quality) Oh God, there are so many. If I had to go with just one, I guess raising my eyebrows is probably the most superhuman ...

Signs: Debt

This shop keeper wants our money But we have paid And we will pay And we will pay again Before the revolution of iron and steel We were fools Wise and Foolish And we paid And we will pay And we will pay again Then we were locked up In red brick institutions Where we worked To pay To work to pay Before we paid again And how we paid Paid for ...

Equivalence

Following on from my last blog post, I've continued to develop the staged reading of my short story, "Equivalence". While receiving choreographic/movement mentorship from Claire Cunningham and Caroline Bowditch, I was also planning a film shoot at my new flat (uh-oh time to unpack!) with nine performers, a filmmaker and a BSL interpreter. 11 people ...

Harry Potter and Disability: An almost spoiler-free review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

There are some definite perks when you are a disabled person or going out with one. Everyone knows about the parking, of course, but did you know that, just by being a crip or dating one, you can see the year’s most anticipated play, sold out until end of 2017, shortly after the premiere with ...

Illness and Disability in Radical Performance Practices

In the run up to DAO’s launch of the Viewfinder video platform we had a lively roundtable discussion event last Wednesday in the Pacitti Company’s premises and home of the SPILL Live Art Festival in Ipswich. SPILL Festival has been showcasing radical performance practice since 2007. It stands to reason that since much of live art ...

Reimagining Creativity

Recently I’ve attended two MMU led events that I found particularly interesting, both of which broadly examined ‘human’ ways of being, notions of creativity and human flourishing.  In connection with the first of these events – Theorising Normalcy And The Mundane - I have been working with the fantastic DMLab in Manchester on my Beyond Vocal Norms ...

Challenging Spaces: Access and Performance Art – A roundtable discussion at Tempting Failure festival

Tempting Failure, a performance festival ran for its 5th year from July 21st – July 29th with events taking place in several venues in Hackney, London. After being held in London in its first year, the festival was held in Bristol for a few years until it returned to London. While Tempting Failure is not ...

Severe M.E. Day – for Understanding and Remembrance

This year The 25% ME Group are placing the spotlight on Remembrance. The 8th of August 2016 was the the fourth annual Severe M.E. Day for Understanding and Remembrance. "However, sad to say, the life experiences of many of those who are no longer with us were marred by a terrible lack of understanding. So Remembrance highlights the need for Understanding. They go very ...