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Usurprising

Together 2017’s Prisong by gobscure on show at East Ham Library until 15th December What’s in a name? gobscure? Small g standing for g who wants to be obscure, feels obscure, is obscure? g’s obscure practice that challenges you to look, inquire, think or feel the sickness and walk away? Maybe. ...

Here’s one disabled curator!

As a disabled person currently studying an MA in Curation Practices, I was pleased to read Aidan Moesby’s article, Where are the disabled curators? last month. Is pleased the right word? Because Aidan outlines a number of persistent barriers, particularly prejudice and negativity, that disabled people trying to break ...

crip magazine 2 cover

The launch of Crip Magazine #2

I am at an event in Zurich, Switzerland, where artist Eva Egermann presents the second issue of Crip Magazine, a DIY publication about disability culture. Edited by Egermann herself, both the first and the second issue contain contributions in German and English (some of them translated in both languages) that ...

Faces in the Wardrobe

I Have Faces in my Wardrobe – A Poem

I have faces in my wardrobe It’s hard to know which one to wear Some are too worn And some not worn at all Hurt has become the rags that is now my skin If they go, I will be cold and naked against it all They say if you don’t wear something For a year then ...

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 ...

Love and compassion from psychiatry

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 ...

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. ...

thinking error

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 ...

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 ...

the pathologised self

The Pathologised Self

Recently I was at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin to talk about my involvement in a film about a psychiatrist with bipolar called 'The Wounded Healer'   I give Dr Ahmed Hankir a hard time in the film, and I gave the psychiatrists at the congress a hard ...