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Disability Arts is dead! Long live Disability Arts...
26 April 2015
In a recent Guardian blog theatre critic Lyn Gardner quotes the late Chinese Communist leader, Mao Zedong: “Works of art which lack artistic quality have no force, no matter how progressive they are politically.” Gardner goes on to talk about ‘quality’ in relation to Disability Arts, specifically Learning Disability Arts and the Creative Minds conference, which took place in Bradford recently. Posted on the Dao FB group. It provoked a fair bit of response from a few...
17 April 2015
Now uploaded my report on the Hexopolis show at Pages, which was held at The Tetley, Leeds, at my site, Katya Robin Studio. It includes some of my thoughts behind the unusual dislay methods. The Tetley has very good wheelchair access in my experience, and although Gallery 1 isn't huge, I was keen for people with mobility difficulties to be able to get in and look around. Included in the exhibition were a selection of my research papers. These were...
Moths will always dance round a flame....
14 April 2015
Candle Styx So it goes moths gather round a flame So the mollycoddled will get theirs fanned So sure are the popular of their fame So sure their bullshit will go untamed So sure the covert stirrer will not be exposed So assured worshipful oohs and ahhs Now you know the tricks That duped your younger self Gullibility and ignorance helped you on To places where you survived But one day woke to realise You were just a joke, accessorising their egos Exorcist of their remorse When the real needy are...
Blog 3 Post Easter
14 April 2015
With the Easter break over, it is the last week of my exhibition at the Landscape Gallery ( still available to view on my website www.alanhopwood.com ) and this has been a period of thinking rather than working. Seeing work together in a show, helps you to understand a collective direction, and it was rather apparent that my work has been moving towards a more abstract language. Driven, I think by an interest in the aesthetics of peeling paint and decay, a desire to be more creative and...
Giving up mental health and arts to start up a religion?
14 April 2015
I have reached my mental health work burnout, and I am fast reaching my artistic work burnout.
Maybe it is time for a completely new direction? A new religion - one that can't promise to save your soul, but will look after your hair.
So who wants to be a jojoba witness? And give out shampoo samples on the street? Here is our mag to distribute too - The Washtowel.
Time to re-examine an old debate?
13 April 2015
The overwhelming impression I get from the personal stories that accompany Liz Crow's 'Figures' is the shocking lack of humanity, the lack of compassion for vulnerable people. Some years ago there was a lot of debate about the danger of losing our human values to soulless computers. If ever this was a political concern it has been forgotten or ignored. People's lives are being reduced to tick-forms that can be processed by computers; empathy, kindness and...
Exploring the fabric of life
11 April 2015
At a time when the ethics of genetic screening is at the forefront of public consciousness I feel compelled to explore the role in which I, as a disabled artist, could engage with and inform this discussion from an alternative perspective. I believe the arts are fundamental in elucidating our understanding of identity, health and potential treatments. My practice explores how the tiny intricacies of biological life have vast social implications relating to medical ethics. I have just received a...
'Figures' Production Report
7 April 2015
Staring vaguely into the middle distance in a chalet in rural Wales, it’s hard to process that for the last week I’ve been on a tidal schedule; a wind-burnt face and a sleep-deprived sense of befuddlement my only souvenirs of a week on the bank of the Thames helping Liz Crow bring her ‘Figures’ project into being. Was it only a few days ago we stood outside Parliament giving interviews to Finnish news channels and to Occupy? The BBC DID show up, didn’t they? The...
Back in Harness...
1 April 2015
La Belle Dame Sans Merci is recovering rapidly. She is currently being weaned off a tracheostomy, a process I shall probably not write poetry about just because it’s so difficult to find a rhyme. (This is a problem I’ve encountered before in trying to write about disability issues. My series of short poems about charitable organisations for disabled people came to a halt over the impossibility of rhyming ‘Blind and Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association’...
27 March 2015
Good to know someone's at the controls in the Brain Dept today because I'm sure as hell not.
Exhibition Dates announced for '360 Degrees: A New Angle on Access'
23 March 2015
The Exhibitions will be at The Plough Torrington 28 - 30 April & Salisbury Arts Centre 5 - 7th May. Come along to experience the latest 360 technology for yourself and help shape the future of digital technology. Films from Sue Austin and Kevin Clifford will be shown on Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets and projected onto large installations. Funded by the Digital R&D for the Arts, there will also be evening artists talks with 360 film screenings & free one day workshops.
Alan Hopwood blog 2
21 March 2015
Hello again, this is my second blog and I would like to continue introducing my creative processes and what drives me to make the art that I do. As I mentioned in the last blog, I have a condition that effects my joints and muscles causing varied amounts of pain and fatigue. This meant that each day was unpredictable and limited what I was able to do. I knew that I needed to try to remain mobile, so walking was vital; this is where the interest in photography developed, it made a slow walk much...