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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

With #beddingout in mind:

9 August 2013

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a rather colourless pen and wash image of a double bed, with brass knobs, pillows and folded back cover, and a glowing tombstone shape bearing the words: love me love my chair, doesn't have the same endearing appeal as dog or child, and meet the sticks ha

Liz Crow 'Bedding Out' is happening in Edinburgh, today and tomorrow, right now, so here #inactualfact, some excepts from 'On Borrowed Crutches'  poetry on wheels: I have been prescribed a normal life, life by the fifteen minute rule. Sitting, standing, lying down; repeat. So, now I need to ... go shopping. First to get me ready: crutches to the elbow, shoes and bags and Mmmh, fifteen mins standing. Me? No. And thats not even walking. Yes I need to take a chair....

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Tokyo Time

29 August 2013

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This is a Japanese advert for MacDonalds with two stick figures under the M, a pointing arrow and some Japanese text

Tokyo time has come around again. For a week or so before I travel, the prospect dominates my life. The preparation consumes me. I pace myself to live with this division of attention, I am well practiced in the phenomenon, but this year is more fraught than usual. I think of my father talking about the see-saw between countries and cultures and the frustration of being constantly on the move yet going no-where. I recall my grandmother packing to move us to the summer house on the beach for the...

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Independent Travel

29 August 2013

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A Tokyo pavement with a variety of longer grass growing up between crazy-paving style slabs in pinky colours and a dying cicada trapped upside down under the grass

The twelve hour flight has become familiar to my body, but the details vary each time.   Processing me at Heathrow in my own powered chair confused almost everybody. I revelled in the freedom and independence, whilst the assisted-travel  assistants consulted the rules and regulations. I successfully negotiated myself to the door of the aircraft on my own wheels and then watched as the powerless skeleton (without batteries and without the contoured cushions that make sitting for more...

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Traditional Modern Kabuki

30 August 2013

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A tall shiny building in Tokyo viewed from across a busy road with the new Kabuki theatre roof just about visible in its reflective surface.

I was greeted with a gift, tickets to Kabuki in the newly finished theatre. The performance will take place at the beginning of September, I am very pleased and so curious. The old Kabuki theatre had been pulled down and the redevelopment images of the site showed a massive skyscraper office block behind a small redbrick box, a modern and efficient, if disappointing, use of the space. I had been sad not to have been able to experience this traditional Japanese event in the appropriate...

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Lunch at Roppongi Hills

31 August 2013

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Photo of double poster for exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum Gallery; with Jeff Koon's gold and red Sacred Heart on the left and a Harry Potter image of the three main children and owl on the right.

Day two takes me to Roppongi Hills for lunch at a Chinese restaurant and coming out of the elevator from the metro we discover that the entrance to the complex (just before the giant spider sculpture) is decorated and paved with red dots. The Mori Art Museum Gallery is hosting a tenth anniversary exhibition titled 'All You Need Is LOVE - from Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku'  The dots theme carries around the area, with activities for children and a larger than life figure of a...

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