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Artist and wordsmith, whose work engages with issues of access, from acknowledged physical needs to perceived symbolic exclusions. After being selected as one of DAO's New Voices in 2011, Gini's online presence has become an integral part of her arts practice

Energizing (Preparing for second meeting at Spike Island)

2 March 2011

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image of a series of cloth, string and wood marionette hanging against a green background

“Meltdown” and recovery images may possibly be a fruitful avenue to explore. I can imagine beginning by collecting images and maybe setting the whole thing within the context of my journey to Tokyo and back. There will be a parallel evolution as the internal and external changes and influences affect who I am and who I perceive myself to be. This could also be the right time to explore working with moving images and to do more thinking about changing/relative states of being. I...

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Making contacts for Tokyo

3 March 2011

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image of a cloth, string and wood marionette hanging down from a tree, against a green background

I'm an artist planning to visit Tokyo in April, in my wheelchair. I use images and words to explore, through my Disabled Gaze, relationships, social positioning and the psychological impact of the unseen exclusion (for example when steps or platforms are used as a metaphor) I also work with other disabled artists and am currently preparing Phase 2 of Testing the Edges (Phase 1 being an action research project funded by Arts Council England, exploring and documenting what disparate groups of...

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Contradiction: morning and afternoon workshops for DAO New Voices project

4 March 2011

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image of a cloth, string and wood marionette hanging down from a tree, against a green background

On the cusp of contradiction, as in the eye of the storm, there is profound silence. Not the hallowed silence of privacy, more the tortured silence of war. The war of passion restrained by will power. The agony that overflows the rock-face in Smoke that Thunders. Leaving your ears empty of all the words I cannot say. My subconscious has anticipated the afternoon workshop. The morning was a journey with Marie-Anne McQuay; a guided tour of written words and websites; generous snippets of...

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Recapping. (the journey so far)

8 March 2011

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image of a cloth and wood marionette standing on a ledge, against a blue sky

I began this journey with a great deal of trepidation. Physically getting to Spike Island being the first obstacle to overcome and parking my car within reach of whatever assistance I would be offered to extract my wheelchair from said car, adding high levels of stress to the process. While the first meeting was indeed difficult, most access issues were soon ironed out and subsequent meetings have been positive, energising occasions. Working with Colin has been enlightening, informative and...

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BREAKING

11 March 2011

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Breaking. The word has become familiar to me. I see it every day; I don’t always notice it, but have a subconscious awareness that it is there. It has acquired an association the brownish-orange colour and the marching line of alphabetic ants that accompany it somewhere between the menu-bar and the headline article on the BBC News website that is my homepage. Breaking; the significance of the word has never attacked me before. Breaking News: it is good to know what’s going on in the...

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Spike Island (focusing on the task in hand)

11 March 2011

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image of a cloth and wood marionette standing on a ledge, against a blue sky

I exist in the unquiet. I breath to the soundtrack of a panicked heart. My thoughts churn and leap without focus. Nausea creates its own quake as my horizon slides; the floor slips to a diagonal and worry drains me of energy. My desire for reassurance dominates with lingering persistence and futility. My journey to Spike Island is different. I feel vulnerable, exposed, as if I have forgotten something vital and I arrive with a feeling of being elsewhere. Familiar faces, coffee and mini...

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Tokyo: day two

12 March 2011

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Earthquakes, tsunami and the unseen threat of radiation; we may not be in the aftermath yet, but jargon is slipping into my conversation. “Brown-outs” are a big concern. Japan relies heavily on nuclear power and being without electricity is already a problem. Power to communicate; power to produce, store and prepare food and water; power to rescue, to repair and rebuild; power is key to survival and recovery. I reflect on my earlier use of “meltdown” to describe...

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Tokyo one week on

18 March 2011

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I recall when you laid inside me; when your heartbeat changed me forever. And I watch the child weeping; the father searching; pictures of a missing wife. In the small details are the points of access that compel me to engage painfully with hurt beyond imagining from somewhere the earth does not move and my house is still where it should be. Incredibly this continues. The earth still shakes, the threat is still there of both quake and tsunami, but it is all overshadowed by the nuclear disaster....

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Tokyo preparations

25 March 2011

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The media feeding frenzy has moved on and I have attempted “business as usual”. Monday, the first to assume normal structure, failed miserably. With meetings and events paced for theoretical minimal impact on the nature and levels of pain I normally managed to absorb, it looked like a good place to start. However, I failed to complete the day and experienced a strange detached misery. Some time after 15.00 my colleagues had had enough! I was given a beautiful slice of chocolate...

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