Presented by Tangled on Tour: an annual series of disability arts events in cities across Ontario.
This March, Tangled Art + Disability brings three days of disability arts events to London as part of Tangled on Tour. The program includes visual arts, live music, film and a movement workshop engaging arts and disability communities.
“The artists presenting work have an awareness of how the world is changing and the endless possibilities of how people with disabilities can reshape it,” says Tour Director Cara Eastcott. “We are looking forward to building on the connection between Toronto and London, using disability arts as the thread.”
The events begin by entering into the realm of visual artist Barbara Greene Mann and her multi-layered expression of the perfect world. Regan Brashear’s documentary FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement will screen at the Palace Theatre, and feature a panel discussion about the effects of radical innovations in technology on the disability community. Legendary Canadian choreographer Peggy Baker will present her fully accessible FluxDelux workshop, which uses smart phone technology to explore space through movement and hip hop emcee Mighty Rhino will turn up your Saturday night with some real talk raps.
Barbara Greene Mann
March 3 – April 3
355 Clarence Street
My Art comes from subconscious thoughts, dreams, and unseen possibilities. I paint in watercolour and love the flowing qualities of this medium. Sometimes by adding collage I increase the novelties I may discover. Guided by My Muse, I can transform these images into new attainable achievements, discovering the tales I am here to tell.
Like a great invisible force, I want to conquer and save our world from destruction, to save our animals and all the inhabitants on the planet from extinction, and manifest, transform a world, to one that is harmonious.
So with my paintbrush in hand, I enter the battlefield to reorganize and design planetary goodness. Humour and imagination offset the harshness of this captured existence. Elevated resistance fuels my ongoing stubbornness to the things I want to change. It seems like I have fought these battles before but the years bring on new challenges. Harmony and peace are seeking a rebirth. These are my dreams and my truths; I hope you enjoy a new look at life and the world through my eyes. Enjoy.
Barbara Greene Mann graduated from Wayne State University (1973) with a Masters degree in Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking. She worked as an independent artist for over 14 years exhibiting her art throughout the Detroit area and across the U.S.A, including the Detroit Artists Market, the Willis Gallery, Alpena Art Museum, solo exhibit and Watercolour USA, prize winner.
Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
Friday March 4
710 Dundas St
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world?
What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body’s abilities in any way imaginable, would you?
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FluxDelux: A Movement Workshop with Peggy Baker Dance Projects
Saturday March 5
The ARTS Project
203 Dundas Street
In 2014 Peggy devised Flux, in which a simple set of guidelines followed by dancers, non-dancers, and wheelchair users instantly creates a spontaneous, ever-evolving, and gloriously eventful group choreography.
FluxDelux is literally the deluxe version of Flux, and marries contemporary dance with cutting-edge new media technology through a tailor-made iOS app, designed by creative technologist Jacob Niedzwiecki. Movement instructions are delivered to pedestrians and wheelchair users via the app, though earphones. Tangled Art + Disability and students from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts have partnered with us throughout the creation of FluxDelux.
Using the custom iPhone app OR our audio file OR Peggy’s simple set of instructions, audience members can join in the creation and performance of an instant mass choreography. For FluxDelux the all-abilities audience are the performers, negotiating space with creative physicality and generosity.
What You’ll Need
iPhone or smartphone if you have one
high heels are not recommended
clothes you can move in
make sure you have a safe pocket for your device
your sense of adventure
avoid heavy or unwieldy bags
The Mighty Rhino Live
Saturday March 5
8:30 PM- 12 AM
355 Clarence Street
Rhino is a game-spitter par excellence, with a knack for that special turn of phrase that cuts to the quick and makes you scrunch your face up like, ‘Damn!’. Building on that reputation, He Whom The Beat Sets Free Is Free Indeed, intertwines the sacred and the profane, with Rhino’s persona equal parts restless intelligence and foul-mouthed insanity. The live-wire charisma of his stage show is present, but here Rhino’s mandate (as outlined by the galvanizing opener (“Mission Statement”) is to “contribute [a] particular vision of truth and beauty]”, and so there’s an exquisitely tender kiss-off to an ex (“Company Policy”), melancholic tone-poetry (“Slow Rollin’”), political fury (“I Can’t Call It”), and a searing meditation on existential angst (“Tryna Make A Life Out Here”) alongside the high-octane Les and Rittz collabo “Whaddup Witcha” and the hilarious “Putcha Ankles In It”. It’s joyous, life-affirming rap music, and it’s tons of fun. No matter who you are, you’ve never heard anything quite like him. There are folks who rap, and then there are those who rip mics to shreds as if their lives depended on it. Rhino doesn’t just rep for this set — he hoists the banner aloft.
About Mighty Rhino:
Hailing from North York, the Mighty Rhino was first known for his performances at Never Forgive Action’s riotous monthly Hip Hop Karaoke nights. Rhino’s explosive debut album, ‘He Whom The Beat Sets Free’, arrived in 2012 to stellar reviews from Exclaim!, UGSMAG and elsewhere. He’s been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award and was a finalist at the International Songwriting Competition.The Mighty Rhino’s sophomore album, ‘Good Evening My Name Is The Mighty Rhino’, is due for release in 2015.
All events will be held in accessible locations. ASL interpretation and attendant care provided. Audio description provided for visual art exhibition and film. Film also includes captions. We request that you assist us in making a scent-free space.
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Past Tangled London Stops
SHORT FILMS exploring disability and difference
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015
6pm – 8pm
Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre
King’s University College
266 Epworth Ave
Highlighting the short films of Cripcuts:
WORD, SOUND, POWER: BANT SINGH
In June 2010, Word Sound Power visited Jabbar village, Mansa, Punjab and collaborated with Bant Singh, an iconic Dalit Sikh singer, CPI-ML party member, and Mazdoor Mukti Morcha activist. Despite a savage attack in 2006 that cost him his limbs, Bant Singh continues to organize poor laborers and inspire many with songs of rebellion. A music album was released in January 2011 and a remix compilation featuring Dr. Das, Subatomic Sound System, Nucleya, and Dubblestandart was released in March 2011.
FROM THE INSIDE/OUT!
Is based on a unique and powerful art show created by 28 survivors of institutions who worked in collaboration with artist Persimmon Blackbridge. Through a rich tapestry of images and spoken memories, the video eloquently presents the case against institutionalization while providing a remarkable testament to courage, endurance, dignity and creativity.
TORONTO STREET LEVEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHERS.
OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 5, 2014
10 photographers explore Toronto through their individual lens in this diverse show. Work was developed through a master class program in photography created by Tangled in 2011. The exhibition ended with an artist talk with the photographers and screenings from This Artist’s Body, digital stories by disability artists. Held at King’s College at Western University.
Image by Peter Owusu-Ansah