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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 ...

Screwing a light bulb into the Sky'


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 ...

Shadowlight Artists September 2017 Meeting, with Sara Lowes from Modern art Oxford

Shadowlight Artists news October 2017

It has been a very busy time for the Shadowlight Artists over the last couple of months. As well as having two group planning meetings, each individual artist has started work on their new individual projects. Sara Lowes from Modern Art Oxford attended the September meeting as she is giving ...

My film ‘Dear CCTV Camera’ asks the CCTV to look at itself

A few years back, I wrote a poetry blog on DAO that asks awkward questions to a CCTV camera, that interrogates everything about the CCTV, its users, and the ideology behind it. Here it is now in film form. Enjoy! I promise I won't be watching you.


Sitting among 20 odd old white folk Concessioned on a Monday To watch I Am Not Your Negro Suggests their civil rights struggle Became our entertainment Their martyrs our heroes As the celluloid image Recites the lines we know The songs we sing The police dance of brutality Moves choreographed with truncheons And I feel a disconnect As I think of Cameron And

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My First Animation – Meds Don’t Cure Abuse

Although I have been a filmmaker for a long time, I have never done any animation. Animation is a process that makes the illusion of either movement or change through a rapid display of sequenced images. I was back at my old uni at the weekend, where I am trying with ...

Image of Katherine Araniello holding a beach ball with a prosthetic hand.

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 ...

Nine people sit or lie on a mattress in a small room, crowded closely together, looking into the camera. They all read from books. One of them is using British Sign Language. Left to right: Robert Softley Gale, Nathan Gale, Lake Montgomery, Sandra Alland, Izdihar Alodhami, Bea Webster, Cate Lauder, Matson Lawrence, Chris Red. Photo by Ania Urbanowska (still from filming).


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 ...

toddler watching the superhumans ad on a laptop

In defense of ‘We’re the Superhumans’

I love Channel 4’s 2016 ‘We’re the Superhumans’ ad.But then, of course I’m biased, because the ad makes a perfect babysitter, it really does. My son, who is almost 18 months, is completely enthralled by the clip, wiggling his curly little head to the rhythm of the music. Whenever it’s ...

Blog Launch: Surgeons’ Hall Horror Show

Today I’m launching my DAO blog, which will mostly feature information and updates about my ongoing disabled- and Deaf-themed art projects and collaborations. I also like to write about other artists who create, interrogate and interrupt narratives around disability, Deaf culture, (a)gender, class, (a)sexuality, colonialism and race – and my ...