Background: The 'uNclear Family' takes as a starting point a set of early 1980's dry (rub down) transfer architecture images used to illustrate designs for public spaces such as shopping developments, cityscapes, town planning designs and the 'Action Transfers' series that came complete with it's own themed panorama. These groups of images are conspicuous in that they show a hypothetical nuclear family type community who show no signs of disability.
What: A collaborative arts project for deaf and disabled artists/persons led by Bruce Davies artist in residence for 'IMPACT' an 8 week residency established by Arts Council South West. The 'uNclear Family' is a context driven installation project that addresses issues of visual representation of the deaf and disabled community. The basis of the work will emerge from responses and research conducted during the residency at Holton Lee and through the establishment of an extensive on-line creative focus group. The project uses audience participation to inform and develop the projects outcome to create a mutually accessible platform for expression, enabling participants to translate and convey their own experiences and perspectives visually.
Who: Deaf or disabled artists/persons who are interested in collaborating and contributing toward a visual debate that will lead to the production of a series of images that explore issues of representation of the deaf and disabled community. The results of this enquiry will then be placed together to create a new inclusive 'Dis-Action Transfer' community. Once the work is complete and installed the audience of the new work will be tasked with addressing issues of expectations, acceptability and representation of the deaf and disabled community in contemporary society. How they think they might fit into this new inclusive community will be part of this question.
How: Contributors are invited to respond to 'The uNclear Family' by submitting a drawing, image (jpegs) or short descriptive text illustrating how they might visualise themselves and/or life experiences that relate to this context. Responses should be submitted via email. The selected contributions will be translated, where appropriate, in the graphic style of the original set, or as originally conceived by the originator and inserted into a new 'uNclear Family' to create new ways of seeing this new community. Responses are also welcomed in regard to the 3 proposed environments that will form the back ground on which these images will be presented.
Where: Holton Lee/On-line. Potential dates, sites and venues, as yet unconfirmed for presenting the work at Holton Lee. Public spaces and gallery settings both regionally and nationally will be explored.
Final submission date for images February March 15th 2011
Contact: Bruce Davies via email for more info/submissions: email@example.com