Disability Arts Online presents Artist Presentation: Benedict Phillips and the agender of the agresiv dislecksick


Price: Free


The artist appears centrally, with a large grin, wrapped in ribbons and tied to a long scroll of text. Surrounding him are snowflake-like spiny designs against a black background

Benedict Phillips is an Artist, Writer and Curator whose artistic career has been informed by his experience of dyslexia. His current two-year Arts Council funded project How To Be A Dyslexic Artist looks back over 25 years of making work about the experience of marginalisation that dyslexic individuals face.

In September 1995 Colin Hambrook published Benedicts’ activist manifesto ‘the agender of the agresiv dislecksick’ in Disability Arts in London (DAIL) magazine. At the time of its publication dyslexia was seen as a childhood disease that made you bad at reading and writing. Benedict rejected almost all of society’s interpretations of what it meant to be dyslexic, instead building upon the position that he was very, very good at being dyslexic.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary – and as a one-off presentation for Dyslexia Awareness Week – Benedict has created a filmed re-reading of ‘the agender of the agresiv dislecksick’ marking its significance in terms of taking Disability Arts in a new direction – a few years before the term ‘neurodiverse’ was first coined by sociologist Judy Singer.

‘the agender of the agresiv dislecksick’ presents a dyslexic voice that claims ownership and authorship of their representation. Benedict asserts “Thair is little dowet in my mind that persaqushon is to be the fee-los-serfee of your saroundingz”, stating unequivocably the state of discrimination and the barriers that the dyslexic individual encounters in society.

‘the agender of the agresiv dislecksick’ will be screened with a discussion of the text in which Benedict will be joined by editor Colin Hambrook and artist and academic Aby Watson.

Please note due to technical difficulties this presentation will go out at 7pm, rather than the previously scheduled time of 3pm.


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