EVENT02.07.2022 / 12.00pm5.00pm

Aaron Williamson

Hiding in 3D

British artist Aaron Williamson performs Hiding in 3D as part of We are Invisible We are Visible (WAIWAV). The project is curated by DASH, the disabled led visual arts organisation, and has been awarded the 2021 Ampersand Prize.

For 30 years, Williamson has created over 300 artworks that use ‘crip humour’ to address the in/visibility of disabled people. His work often refers to the absurdism inherent to Dada as an international movement, producing interventions within and beyond institutional spaces.

Hiding in 3D combines anaglyph 3D, requiring the viewer to wear 3D Spex (with red and blue lenses), and a ‘dazzle’ camouflage developed by artists, associated with Dada and Vorticism, during WW1. The first aims to create a heightened visual experience, whilst the second serves to hide something from the viewer. Anaglyph 3D exaggerates visibility, whereas camouflage affords invisibility.

Saturday 2 July 2022 marks the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin. For one day, 31 d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists stage Dada inspired interventions in museums and galleries across the Plus Tate network as part of WAIWAV.

“To be awarded the Ampersand Prize for this surreal intervention will not only have a massive impact on disability arts but will show that the visual arts institutions are now open and willing to change. DASH has a long history of producing provocative interventions that continue the legacy of Dada, Absurdism and Surrealism into the 21st century.” Mike Layward, DASH Artistic Director

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Event Details

Ikon Events Room, First Floor
Free, drop-in
Performances throughout the day

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Image Credits

Image courtesy Aaron Williamson



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