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Unfixed 2.0 - Challenging Perceptions of Disability

Posted on Thu 1 Sep 2016
No Offense, But... Daniel Savage

Unfixed is a creative research project bringing together UK and Australian disabled artists to explore notions of the 'fixed' and 'unfixed' body through the lens of art and technology. Representing a diversity of art forms, the artists first came together in Australia in 2015, and we're delighted that from Mon 12 -  Sat 17 Sept they will be reunited at Watershed for Unfixed 2.0.

From Wed 7 Sept some of the artists will also share their work, learnings and inspirations at a series of talks across the country: Southbank Unlimited Festival, Brighton Digital Festival, Glasgow's Tramway Unlimited and here at Watershed on Fri 16 Sept. The talks will be BSL interpreted.

Unfixed 2.0 challenges the artists to explore applications of creative technology within their own artistic practices. There will be a particular focus on aspirations around assistive technologies and how these can disrupt understanding of disability by providing alternative ways of experiencing the world rather than as a means to ‘fix’.

 “Unfixed has given me confidence to move forward” says UK artist Aidan Moesby whose recent interactive installation, the Periodic Table of Emotions charted the wellbeing of the residents of Dundee, “and I prefer collaborating as the potential is always so much more exciting, going places you wouldn't on your own”. “It was a unique and enlightening experience, says Canberra based digital artist Daniel Savage, who like many of the Residents, had never previously worked with other disabled artists. “There’s so much back and forth. It’s all been very positive. And that’s what [Unfixed has] been about: how do we use language? What do we mean? How can we grow and learn from that?”

Unfixed is produced by Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), with partners Watershed, Unlimited and Access2Arts.

The artists taking part are:

  • Caglar Kimyoncu, a digital and video artist who also works as a curator and art consultant
  • Aidan Moesby, creator of responsive artistic interventions to encourage personal and communal dialogue
  • Catherine Long, a dancer who interrogates disability and illness discourses, and the questions these raise
  • Michele Saint-Yves, a poet and playwright who explores and evokes the lived experience of ‘otherness’
  • Daniel Savage, an artist whose digital and installation works investigate the influence and effect of perception
  • John Willanksi, a digital artist, filmmaker, puppeteer and creator of a bespoke doodle-based visual language
  • Sue Williams, an illustrator and writer especially interested in notions of perception and perspective
  • Tim Wheeler, is an artist with a focus on theatre and mental health, and co-founder/former artistic director of Mind the Gap, England's largest learning-disabled theatre company

The talks will be chaired by Senior Producer Jo Verrent, and supported by Unlimited (delivered by Shape and Artsadmin); celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012.