“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.
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…
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.” …
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. …
DYSPLA Founder, Lennie Varvarides speaks on why poetry is urgently needed in areas of high deprivation
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.
…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!
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…
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
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
By one perfect organ
That wont pause or stop
Tunnels lead to dead-ends
Buds fall into the abyss —
Toads hold no hope of swimming
Wednesday 22 September @ 6:00 PM
You are invited to the Zoom reading of The Cuckoos Song on Wednesday 22 September, 2021 at 06:00 PM (London time)
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Artist Profile: Aislinn Evans
Type: Short Film
Script Reading: The Cuckoos Song
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“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”.
Gil Gershoni asked DYSPLA, (which actually means Dyslexic Play), to speak at his Salon Series called, The Bigger Picture.
Words know how to humiliate us and how to make love.
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. …
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…