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23 January 2009

Resonant Frequency was a major project developed through 2008 by ITHACA in association with Science Oxford (the Oxford Trust) and DAO

Although this ambitious and timely project failed to raise sponsorship, it raised some furtive discussion amongst disabled artists and scientists

Decadent New Assortments - mixed media by Esther Appleyard Esther Appleyard

Decadent New Assortments - mixed media by Esther Appleyard from 'A Series of Lines'

Image: Esther Appleyard

This disability-led partnership planned to deliver an art and science project over two years, from September 2008. The development was to lead to a series of commissions for disabled and Deaf artists and form a body of work for a 6-8 week exhibition at Science Oxford gallery. Alongside the exhibition we planned a series of events involving the local disability community. There was also be a commission for a digital-media response to the work in progress, which was to be hosted on DAO.

Resonant Frequency was set to be a collaboration between disabled and deaf artists and scientists to create a dialogue between the two communities. How can we foster trust and understanding that goes beyond the stereotypes that abound on both sides of the fence?

A primary aim of Resonant Frequency was to facilitate a collaboration between Disability Arts and Science. Whilst recognising that Disability Art is often by definition personal, the project was to take a series of thematic starting points to inspire collaboration e.g the notions of perfectionism and athleticism implicit in the Olympic ideal.

Designed to build on work that has already been done in this area within Disability Arts, Resonant Frequency was set up to commission Disability Art via public competition, with the intention of including social and scientific aspects of disability, as well as the personal.

The pages within this feature outline some of the discussions that were going on and feature work by some of the disabled artists who have contributed to this area of artistic exploration.

Crippen Specimen cartoon

Crippen Specimen cartoon

We want to find out what you think? Science dominates our lives as disabled people. Our independence is often reliant on technology and on medicine. Yet we have little control over how technology and medicine develop.

What might be the consequences of scientists engaging with Disability Art? What kind of impact might this cross-fertilisation of experience have? What themes would need to be explored in an exhibition that attempted to embrace these issues?

Project overview

Project overview

10 February 2009

Science can be a dominating force in the lives of disabled people. Individual independence for many is often reliant on technology and on medicine. Yet disabled groups have little control over how technology and medicine develop, and little input into the

Disabled artists explore scientific ideas

Disabled artists explore scientific ideas

10 February 2009

As part of this blog, Colin Hambrook is building an overview of artists and art projects that have set out to explore different aspects of an engagement between disability arts and science.

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus

10 February 2009

Caroline Cardus adds some thoughts on disabled people’s relationship / experience of science.

Colin Hambrook

Colin Hambrook

10 February 2009

Disabled editor Colin Hambrook gives some personal reasons for wanting to advance Resonant Frequency

Esther Appleyard

Esther Appleyard

10 February 2009

Disabled artist Esther Appleyard gives some further background to her interest in genetics