This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit disabilityarts.online.

Disability Arts Online

> > > Aidan Moesby

As a socially engaged Text Based Artist and Writer I am interested in the schisms and conflicts that exist between the personal and cultural agendas. I am fascinated by the way in which we both create and try to make sense of the worlds which we live in. I am interested in the experience of attempting to mediate diverse worlds, attempting to maintain an arts practice and navigate through the increasing complexities of the everyday.

Social Media and Wellbeing aka Facebook vs Reality

16 October 2012

Blog

When you only have an hour and a half to run a workshop it can go either way – As a facilitator it can be the longest, loneliest 90 minutes you never want to experience  - or -  you ask your co-facilitator how we doing for time and synchronise an OMG!  Where did that go so fast? Actually it was a WTF? But you need to at least try to be professional. Really though. You can only ever scratch the surface of a topic like Social Media and Wellbeing as myself and Victoria...

Comments: 0

I don't want to be rude I'm just feeling vulnerable

10 October 2011

Blog

a poem called 'queue' on a sheet of paper in a plastic rack

I'm doing an Engage Residency at Dundee Contemporary Arts. This is a post in response to something that happened - a small everyday occurence. But sometimes it's the small everyday occurences that trip us up. It’s a constant dilemma, but mostly i know where i stand. If someone asks me how i am then i tend to answer truthfully. Mostly i know people aren’t actually remotely interested in ‘how you are’ - it’s a social construct - they just want you to say fine, or...

Comments: 2

I'm on the Road

27 September 2011

Blog

Art Fag

After having had a bleak first part of the year - as is well documented here - i now find myself flitting from one thing to another. I am pleased, really pleased. about this - but i know how fragile it all is in this current climate. I am doing an Engage Everyone residency at DCA in Dundee. It's got a fab print room. I am looking at issues of engagement - why don't people access or engage with contemporary art. - people with disabilities that is. Another artist is looking at physical...

Comments: 0

Aidan Moesby has just installed ‘Do you think we can talk about this?’ at the Centre for Life

11 April 2011

Blog

We live in difficult times. The National Portfolio funding came out – a few of the organisations we are all familiar with suffered. Arcadea – my local disability arts organisation didn’t get any funding at all. Geof Armstrong is at the helm and steering through the storm admirably. How can the Arts Council claim to be promoting disability and disabled artists in the region (let alone nationally). How can it just ignore a whole cohort of artists, audience, producers etc in the...

Comments: 0

Aidan Moesby asks how do they get away with this 'quality journalism'?

14 February 2011

Blog

Screenprint of Touch!

Apples and Snakes posted a Facebook link to an article by Alex Hudson on BBC News entitled 'The Creative Process and Mental Illness'. The basic tenet is that mad equals creative. I really don't like these catch all assumptions and wrote the following brief retort. Is this really balanced and considered? Spare me from 'cheap journalism' that uses the link of madness and creativity/poetry These kind of articles peddle the usual stereotypical visions of the mad creative. Over diagnosing, reframing...

Comments: 4

Re-awakenings

31 December 2010

Blog

Cup, saucer, spoon.

As ever, I have left it to the last minute, I want to first post before the year is out. Whilst I like to think of time more in terms of a continuum I can’t help but be lulled into some re-appraising of the year and thinking of the coming months. Sometimes it’s good to draw a line under something and lay it to rest, though I am not sure about this stop-start of a New Year thing. As Brecht said ‘However, they won’t say the times were dark. Rather, why were their poets...

Comments: 1