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March NDACA blog

29 March 2016

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A portrait photograph of Alex Cowan, project archivist of NDACA.

“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” M.C Escher Since early this year I’ve spent most of my time working on or thinking about the NDACA catalogue. I’ve been working on the best ways to define and describe artists and their work, studying the high-quality digital images that are our preservation masters and marvelling at the sheer range and quantity of artwork and experiences that need to be described. Some of this cataloguing work is bound by convention;...

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NDACA: From the past, the future...

16 November 2015

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A selfie taken with a special Rostrum Camera of NDACA archivist Alex Cowan, he has tape around his mouth and his eyes closed, with detritus surrounding him

Since July 2015 I’ve been working with the artists and organisations whose pledges are going to form much of the NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection & Archive) collection. They’ve put up with my visits and questions and finalised what they think best illustrates the Disability Arts Movement and the personal experience, social and political struggles that informed it, from each of their points of view and as shown within their pledges. Come 2017, NDACA will boast a wealth...

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