Disability & New Artistic Models: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Disability

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Aaron Williamson The Guide reflects the ways in which the practices of artists who work with Live Art have engaged with, represented, and problematised issues of disability in innovative and radical ways, and the ways in which Live Art has been, and continues to be, a potent platform for artists to explore notions of physicality, identity and representation. Including: Aaron Williamson, Bobby Baker, Tony Heaton, Alan McLean, Tony Mustoe, Philip Ryder, Juliet Robson,The Electricians, Rika Esser, Raimund Hoghe, The Disabled Avant-Garde, Katherine Araniello, Jessica Voorsanger, Mary Duffy, Mat Fraser, Vital, Girl Jonah, Philip Ryder, Pete Edwards, Point of View, Juliet Robson, Bob Flanaghan, Max Zadow, Aine Phillips, SPILL.
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  Disability & New Artistic Models  A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Disability Compiled & written by Aaron Williamson 2010  LADA Study Room Guides  As part of the continuous development of the Study Room we regularly commission artists and thinkers to write personal Study Room Guides on specic themes. The idea is to help navigate Study Room users through the resource, enable them to experience the materials in a new way and highlight materials that they may not have otherwise come across.  All Study Room Guides are available to view in our Study Room, or can be viewed and/or downloaded directly from their Study Room catalogue entry. Please note that materials in the Study Room are continually being acquired and updated. For details of related titles acquired since the publication of this Guide search the online Study Room catalogue with relevant keywords and use the advance search function to further search by category and date. Image credit: Bobby Baker, Kitchen Show , 2012   1 Disability And New Artistic Models A Study Room Guide to Live Art and Disability By Aaron Williamson July 2010 In May 2010 the Live Art Development Agency commissioned artist Aaron Williamson to research and write a Study Room Guide on   Live Art and Disability drawing on the many publications and films the Agency houses that represent and engage with this issue, whilst also recommending new titles for the Agency to acquire. The Guide reflects the ways in which the practices of artists who work with Live Art have engaged with, represented, and problematicised issues of disability in innovative and radical ways, and the ways in which Live Art has been, and continues to be, a potent platform for artists to explore notions of physicality, identity and representation. This Guide is available in large print on request. About Aaron Williamson: My work as an artist is inspired by my experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised, yet humorous sensibility towards disability. Mostly, I devise unique performances and videos that are created on-site immediately prior to their public presentation. These consider the situation I encounter and represent, in part, my response to it. A constant theme is to challenge and subvert the traditional/ romantic valorisation of social ‘outsiderness’ and thus my performances and videos portray myself in the guise of sham-shamans, pretend-primitives, hoax-hermits, fake feral children, charlatan saints and dubious monsters. With these figures I explore and devise humorous or absurd actions that reference and pay homage to the ‘classic’ period of performance art in the 1960s and 70s. In 2004 I was a 3-Year AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at the Birmingham City University, (2004 - 07). The AHRC Fellowship’s Final Report was assessed through peer review and awarded a grade of ‘Outstanding’. I have also been awarded several other fellowships and residencies including the Helen Chadwick Fellowship in Rome, 2001 – 02; a resident artist at Civitella Raniera Centre in Italy, and was a recipient of Live Art Development Agency’s  ‘One to One’ bursary.   2 A book,  Aaron Williamson: Performances, Videos, Collaborations was published by Live Art Development Agency/ Kingston University in September 2008 [P1160]. In 1997 I completed a Doctoral thesis on performance, writing and bodily identity, entitled Physiques of Inscription  at the University of Sussex, UK. Other publications include Hearing Things  (London: Bookworks, 2001) and I co-edited  Art Becomes You  a collection of essays on art and subjectivity (Article Press, 2007). In addition to my solo work I am Artistic Director of the collective of disability artists, 15mm Films – www.15mmfilms.com . I’m a member of the international performance artists collective ‘The Wolf in the Winter’. With Katherine Araniello I collaborate on video making and public performances as the ‘The Disabled Avant-Garde’ www.the-disabled-avant-garde.com/ In November 2008 I won the ‘New Media Artist of the Year’ award sponsored by FACT, Liverpool and DaDa Festival. I was a Cocheme Fellow at Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St Martin’s, University of London (Sept 08 – May 09). I was awarded the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary for 2010 at Spike Island, Bristol. A book arising from the residency will appear later in 2010. A retrospective of video works The Bell-Clapper and Bestiary was exhibited at Spike Island, Bristol May – June 2010.
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