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I'm on the Road / 27 September 2011

Art Fag

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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 disabilities. Needless to say I am looking at the mental stuff.

In an attempt to normalise mental health I thought I would do a series of newspaper headlines from my fictional paper 'The Daily Compulsion'. Man puts left shoe on first. Very tame I know but it gives you an idea (if my right shoe goes on first I have to put them both on take them off then put them on properly with the left shoe first.) but I want more stories about significantly impairing, embedded etc.

I am looking for your input in the form of your stories about the things you do. Not just the C's from OCD but the rituals we have around the day to day or special.  I will make you anonymous and immortalise you outside the DCA as a newspaper headline to a fictional paper. I am also thinking of making a book of them too. There are the - man checks front door is locked - normal stuff everyone does but which can be a behaviour of something else. If you would like to contribute please send to mailoto:textartist@yahoo.com">textartist@yahoo.com. It will be greatly appreciated.

It has been quite interesting getting people to look at things from a mental health point of view - i engage with spaces psychologically mostly - and then physically.  I have already written on the nature of engagement with a space at http://engageeveryone.tumblr.com/

I return to DCA for another 2 weeks at the beginning of October. Meanwhile I am currently installing my solo show at The Art House, Wakefield which opens tomorrow - 28/9 and is part of the Wakefield art walk.

Keywords: art,disability art,everyday experience,exhibition,mental health,Engagement

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