LADA Study Room Residency: Day Three

 

13/10/11

 

I tried to move onto watching dvd’s and doing the usual study room activities but became distracted by the furniture and positioning of objects in the archive. I felt more creative today then like researching. I thought I may have been looking for an excuse to stray away but then worked out that things around me were not accessible to me as fully as they could be and I felt a bit daunted trying to figure out how to fix it? to find a solution rather seeing it as creativing another problem or it being a problem.

 

So I mailed the British Dyslexic Association.

 

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Email to ‘British Dyslexic Association’ – Admin email address -

 

To whom it may concern,

 

My name is Sinéad O'Donnell (www.sineadodonnell.com) and I am a dyslexic artist currently researching at the 'Live Art Development Agency' in London (http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/). The agency has an amazing performance art 'study room'. I am here for one week researching and part of my research is based on invisible disability and how that contributes to performance art methodology. The archive library is proving difficult to navigate so I would like to know if you have or can suggest a method that could be adopted to make library, archive or study room systems more accessible for dyslexic people.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Sinéad O'Donnell.

 

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Response from ‘British Dyslexic Association’ –

 

I would suggest you contact Sue McKenna at the Hampshire Dyslexia Association as she has delivered training on this type of topic.

Email her FAO Sue McKenna help@hantsda.org.uk.

Best wishes

Helpline.

 

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Email to Sue McKenna

 

Dear Sue,

 

I recently have been advised by the British dyslexia association help line to contact you in regards to my current art practice and questions of access. My name is Sinéad O'Donnell (www.sineadodonnell.com) and I am a dyslexic artist currently researching at the 'Live Art Development Agency' in London (http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/). The agency have an amazing performance art 'study room'. I am here for one week researching and my research is based on invisible disability and how that contributes to performance art methodology. The archive library is proving difficult to navigate so I would like to know if you have or can suggest a method that could be adopted to make library, archive or study room systems more accessible for dyslexic people.

I am currently in receipt of a commission for Unlimited, a project entitled 'caution' celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Yours Sincerely,

Sinéad O'Donnell.

 

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The plot chickens....

 

I then found another stray cat by the name of Jordan Mckenzie (www.jordanmckenzie.co.uk) a very well known performance artist based in London. We took a train to see the crew at ‘performace space’ http://www.performancespace.org/  (lots more stray cats), we toured the back alleyways of Hackney Wick, talked about chicken, fish, flags, plates, speakers, sound, night, light, dark, Nenah Cherry, Duran Duran, Russia, Burma, Brothels, and much much more. We are all making work at ‘Thrashing Performance’ at ‘performance space’ on the 30/10/11. 

Location

LADA
Rochelle School Arnold Circus
London E2 7ES
United Kingdom
51° 31' 32.52" N, 0° 4' 28.416" W
Thu 13 Oct 2011

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