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Book Flag © Jon Adams

The audacious aim of ‘Dysarticulate’ is to ‘engage’ artists and audiences to create tens of thousands of flags recycled from book pages and weave them into a series of in sync public ‘emplacement’ events.

Led by artist Jon Adams, this Creative Campus initiative intends to start a dialogue and a series of conversations reflecting the real issues around disability, our fragility and the nature of Public Art.

Jon Adams says: "This project is bound up inseparably with my dyslexia, the love of ‘hidden meaning’ and the act of reading the landscape we live in, something we can do without ‘needing’ the written word. It’s also woven with ‘personal story’ and narratives including ‘code breaking’, the standing upon, marking and crossing our own boundaries both imposed on us by others and those we draw from within, the ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’"

"We wish to actively invite and inspire all communities, young and old, to engage and try something new and become a ‘new creative audience’ involved with culture and heritage. I would hope that this will initiate many conversations and debates around the nature and relevance of art, what is it? reading, permanence, what is public art? and the boundaries of disability. "

Anyone can come, be the artist for a day - and play.

There are two opportunities to get involved in summer 2010.

diagram of how to make a flag

Flag-making diagram © Jon Adams

27th June: ‘Whitstable Biennale’ Come and See, Come and Play?
Premiere event: Whitstable Beach in Kent, in partnership with Kent Cultural Baton and the Whitstable Biennale.
The Flagmaking area will be with the Baton near the Whitstable Oyster Company. Bring your own story, flags, book, cameras, and make art; we hope to plant 5,000 flags marking and celebrating the ‘boundary’ of the ‘land with the sea’.

23 - 25 July: ‘Open Weekend’ Anywhere you wish!
With only 2 years to go until the Games, this Open Weekend is your way to join in and build momentum to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jon Adams and Creative Campus challenge you to try something new by creating the largest, smallest, figurative, or random intervention you can, using the book flags you make. You can re-configure the ground in any pattern, form or design on the beach, a hillside, roundabout or village green, in your window box, urban garden or park.

There will be some organized ‘events’ in the South East but we encourage you to take the initiative and make your own. You can do this individually or join in as a group, school or workplace and make creating the ‘Flags’ as accessible as possible to all who wish to play.

It’s up to you to choose to articulate your story and create a ‘flag field’ anywhere you feel is appropriate, although you must make sure it’s safe and you have asked permission to use the land if it’s not your own.

Make new connections in your area with arts and heritage or any organizations and see if they will let you create a flag field with them.

To make the flags, you remove the pages from the books, wrapping and gluing them to the bamboo. These you can then take out and plant in patterns, circles, clumps or straight lines.

You will need to carefully remove the pages and not tear them, as the books are not being destroyed, just changed, metamorphosed into a ‘synchronous’ artwork. There is a PDF ‘ How to’ visual guide you can download from University of Portsmouth website

What can I do afterwards?

photo of a series of paper flags

Book Flags © Jon Adams

After collecting all your flags and keeping them safe ready for next year, you can send Creative Campus pictures of your ‘flags’ and the reasons you created your intervention - and the most unusual, creative, largest or most inspiring will be shown on the BBC Big Screens during September and October.

Creative Campus hope these interventions could be the starting points for further works inspiring a legacy of ‘self’ or ‘collective’ expression. Put your event photographs up on Google map or, as well, create a website or blog where the ‘artists and audience’ who engage can leave their thoughts and documentation of the day.

These could be in written word, story, poetry, rap, with music and song, photography, film, pencil, paint and through photographs and video of the individual Festivals of emplacement.

You can join the Field of Flags FaceBook Group and upload your images as part of the project

Dysarticulate is supported by University of Portsmouth: Creative Campus initiative: Artist in Residence Jon Adams, Audiences South, Artpoint, Kent County Council – Cultural Baton and Dada South.