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Personal essay about needing, finding and freeing space

“Ideas, representations or values which do not succeed in making their mark on space, and thus generating (or producing) an appropriate morphology, will lose all pith and become mere signs, resolve themselves into abstract descriptions, or mutate into fantasies.”

— Henri Lefebvre. (1974/91). The Production of Space.
Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, p. 416.

“I Need Space”- A multi-screen 3D Performative video portrait of a family in Lockdown, 2021. Produced by DYSPLA.

From the beginning; we learn to associate our place in this world with the space we occupy. Space is hierarchical in this sense, its form, shape, and structure, relate to our active, reactive and apparent power.

… the space thus produced also serves as a tool of thought…


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An innovative street gallery experience embedded in a community of high deprivation in North London

Artwork by Shay Press, Photography was taken by Kazimir Bielecki, 2021.

The mural displayed on the facade of DYSPLA founder Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki's home was created by local Neurodivergent artist Shay Press. It is the first mural of its kind to be funded by Arts Council England in the Turkey Street Ward of the borough of Enfield, an area of high deprivation with little or no cultural activity.

DYSPLA is an award-winning disability lead London-based arts organization, focusing on developing and producing the work of artists who identify as Neurodivergent.

Having been inspired by the first Covid-19 national lockdown, creative duo Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki launched WORDS NOT WALLS, an innovative street gallery experience exhibited over multiple locations within a two-mile radius of the Turkey Street Ward in Enfield. It is no secret that this part of Enfield is considered, “the wrong side of the A10.” …


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Have you ever considered running your own Writer's Residency?

Photo by Art Lasovsky on Unsplash

This post will explain the 12 basic steps to consider and act upon if you would like to run your own Writer Residency.

The steps include; Funding, Partnerships, Marketing, Promotion, Selection Process, Legal, Management, Development, Mentoring, Progress Reports, Public Sharing, and Evaluation. These are your building blocks and the same steps I follow to build the DYSPLA Storymakers Residency, which was established in London in 2018, funded by Arts Council England. …


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Making poets out of poverty

DYSPLA Founder, Lennie Varvarides speaks on why poetry is urgently needed in areas of high deprivation

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Before you begin reading this post, let me say that I am not an Education Specialist — but I am an expert on how society and schools fail people with Learning Differences through the work I do at DYSPLA. I identify as Working Class and my 7-year-old child attends a school in an area of high deprivation. My Cypriot parents’ childhood, was also one of ‘absolute poverty’, so these themes are extremely important to me.

Charles Dickens’ much-loved novels illustrate a Victorian world where poverty and poor literacy go hand in hand, and for many, not enough has changed in the last 120 years. Victorian England will still look familiar in 2022, with child poverty predicted to rise to 5.2 million hungry children in the United Kingdom. These figures were reported by the UK Government’s Social Mobility Commission.

Being poor is still met with prejudice and disdain…


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LIKE WHO?
…I hear you ask…, well, like; Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W. B. Yeats, Jules Verne, John Irving, Richard Ford, George Bernard Shaw, Octavia Butler, Sally Gardner, Walter
Disney, Jeanne Betancourt, Patricia Polacco, Lynda La Plante, Victor Villasenor, Robert Benton, Steve Mcqueen, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Spike Lee to name just a few!

Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

The WHY is an endless answer to an unresolved mystery. Are Dyslexics better writers? Are they more creative? Are they more determined?

This post won’t completely answer any of those questions, but what it will do hopefully, is spark an interest in the value of being an “Outsider.”

Our world is made up of words and rules and laws and straight lines…


Free Verse

Photo by Shane on Unsplash

It sneaks up for a rest
While you look the other way
Distracted by life
Your slim slips
Growth takes space
Filling ferns full of fight
Taking shape
Spreading the feeling of joy
Into new forms
Being bigger than we once were.

Burning the past with stretch
Leaving a mark that won’t fade
The skin becomes a notebook
Blemish and line, imprint and vain
— Look upon this shape
With youths lust
Held together
By one perfect organ
That wont pause or stop
It’s transformation.

Tunnels lead to dead-ends
Buds fall into the abyss —
Toads hold no hope of swimming
Kisses…


For the DYSPLA Storymakers Residency, 2021 Table Read

Wednesday 22 September @ 6:00 PM

Photograph taken by Kazimir Bielecki

DYSPLA TABLE READ

You are invited to the Zoom reading of The Cuckoos Song on Wednesday 22 September, 2021 at 06:00 PM (London time)

Click to Register

Artist Profile: Aislinn Evans
Type:
Short Film
Script Reading: The Cuckoos Song


Artist, Poet, Writer, Dyslexic

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Photo of Lennie Varvarides, taken by Kazimir Bielecki in 2021, for the

“If it was not for my dyslexia, DYSPLA would not exist. But on a larger and more terrifying scale...if dyslexia did not exist, there would be an absence in humanity’s progression. Imagine a world without Einstein, Edison, and Hawking, without Da Vinci, Picasso, and Warhol, without Lennon, without Spielberg, McQueen and Scorsese…the list goes on and on. Dyslexics create culture, and the ones that do, do it against all the odds”.
Lennie Varvarides

Gil Gershoni asked DYSPLA, (which actually means Dyslexic Play), to speak at his Salon Series called, The Bigger Picture.

This month’s topic…


Not perfect, but authentic storymakers

Photo by Julian Schultz on Unsplash

Words know how to humiliate us and how to make love.

Lennie Varvarides

We are all different. We are all weird. Well, the lucky ones among us are. We are all scared. We are all insecure — we just all hide in different ways… we mask it. We present as close to normal as we can. We pass in most situations — we can excel when put on the spot and fail to prepare. We are losers and clowns, but only academic or bureaucratic environments are designed to make us fail. …


ALTERNATIVE WRITING RESIDENCY FOR DISABLED CREATIVES

Developing and producing neurodivergent storymakers in England

IMAGE OF DYSPLA STORYMAKERS RESIDENCY 2021

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN VIEWING THE DYSPLA STORYMAKERS RESIDENCY TABLE READING, ON WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER, AT 6:00 PM

D YSPLA is a London-based digital art organization funded by Arts Council England and POET, (Protection of English Trust). It is run by Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki, two Neurodivergent artists and art producers. Early last year, before Lockdown hit the globe, DYSPLA ran a creative campaign calling Neurodivergent Storymakers to submit script ideas to the DYSPLA Residency. The residency is now in its second year of successful funding and each residency enhances DYSPLA’s research into the Neurodivergent Aesthetic…

Lennie Varvarides

London-based dyslexic creative working in development. Founder of DYSPLA, founding editor @ The Museum of the Neurodivergent-Aesthetic.

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