|Tec-Chair - Using various means, including discussion of virtual reality, communications,
environmental science, architecture, robotics, the club scene etcetera,
a techno-wheelchair, equipped for surveillance and assessment of society,
culture and the environment, will be theorised. This is not 'assistive
technology,' the typical association of disability and technology
with it's premise of disability as deficiency in need of ameliorating
intervention but the opposite. The Chair, in using a radical interpretation
of disablility theory, analyses and deconstructs the oppression of
normality, particularly for those most burdened by it, the non-disabled.
The process seeks to reveal how disabled people, by their presence
of significant difference, shape society, as archetypes used in opposition
to construe a falsley unified condition called normality which people,
in a more or less unconscious manner, are compeled to conform to.
In NetEscape the Internet spills into the room. Moving past images on nets, following
the quests on linked trails, leaving answers, reading messages from
people nearby and distant, we share imaginations. Send your ideas
into the world by email, leave in pockets on net-hangings for the
next person who enters to read.
Asked to comment writers of the trails, Pat Wycher, Bicameral Blaine,
Mav Blincow and Mfnamic, said, "We leave the trails to tell their
own story about who we are, if you want to know more, email us - there
are computers and people to assist, we're all waiting."
The N5M3 Program
wrote: "Ann Whitehurst (UK), campaigning artist and activist
focusing on social stereotyping of disabled people" but work
isn't around issues if social stereotyping rather Disabled people
are considered and treated as archetypes and metaphors by the enabled
to reinforce the imiting policy of mormalisation.
For the ICA's discussion/performance evening, part of the 'Way to
Go' season, I wrote several sheets of text with questions relating
to dying, death and surrounding rituals were sent. Each person was
given one of the sheets to create individual contact between us. Throughout
the evening other text was faxed and read out and replied to.
installation 'On the Map' at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool had coloured
game cards snaked along the floor (with large dice & maps). Other
text became 'blue notices', placed around the building turning it
into, what all the world is for Disabled people, a Disability Theme
A text description of a wheelchair journey around town was also placed
as a long strip from the door, past bookshop, up to cafeteria. Reading
it was to physically journey its length and, if walking, with difficulty,
as it was at wheelchair height.
I was available every afternoon to respond to people's faxed messages,
a facilitator was always present at the museum/gallery to encourage
this. Each day I sent drawings with written quotes from the radio,
a kind of journal.
During a conference/performance weekend about the future of performance
and theatre 'Performance 2000' held at Kannonhallen, Copenhagen, I
faxed messages, 'wrytings' and 'defoems.' These were sent between
and during the giving of papers by guest speakers, read out and placed
on a notice board. People faxed to me messages, not necessarily about
conference issues and not necessarily complemntary of the speakers
at the conference or of me. The audience were also given instruction
strips, which involved them in a separate communication again. I became
Ms Wryt Defoem and Bicameral Blaine - representing different identities,
encouraging the recipients to choose characters too.
I enjoy adapting ideas and diversity (we're 'different', so difference
is a pleasure, a pride, a celebration) enjoy being a part of different
types of activities, events. When The
IDA agency was at the CCA for 6 weeks, as part of the
'Bad Girls' season, I started a women's writing group. Again with
the IDA, this time in Cambridge, I faxed through to a shopping centre
and, whilst at The Junction, to a club evening - went on replying
and receiving faxes until 3.00am - intoxicating, even without the
alcohol. I'm interested in considering, pushing and crossing boundaries
- my 'collaborations' with whoever takes part, moves this on.