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Going in circles?

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A student model which explores ideas about forming space and textures through sound waves.

Throughout Making Discursive Spaces, the notion of circles and circling has returned again and again.

Sometimes, I felt we were going around in circles and not getting through and sometimes you could just see them getting it…

Often this was about a sense of frustration, about how the artists could only circle around the students and the project, without ‘getting in’. It was about having to jump through hoops*, about remaining misfits in the process (the round peg in the square hole) and the difficulties of squaring that circle.**

At the same time, circles have positive associations – with the social circles that Deaf people create through sign language, with the power of wheels to move forward, with the outward ripples that circle away from a stone thrown in the sea. Circles (unlike the points and lines of individuals and their trajectories) are collaborative, with a shared focus; and when put in motion they can have accumulative power, a snowballing effect; What Making Discursive Spaces wanted to generate - the small beginnings of a chain reaction.

*Jumping through Hoops

is a recent disability art project, co-ordinated by Diablo Arts. Go to Jumping through Hoops

**Squaring the Circle

is another recent project between deaf and disabled artists and architect students, based at the University of Portsmouth. Go to Squaring the Circle

More InsideOut

In December 2008 Arts Council SE funded the next stage of work for deaf and disabled artists interested in the built environment, called Architecture-InsideOut, in which Jos Boys and the University of Brighton are a partner.

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Arts Council England University of Brighton, Interior Architecture and Design

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