Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI)
Dysarticulate encourages people of all ages to become an 'artist for a day' by creating and planting flags made from recycled book pages. Dysarticulate is influenced by lead artist Jon Adams’ dyslexia and his love of hidden meaning.
‘Dysarticulate’ 2010 and 2011 successfully challenged people to join in becoming the ‘artist for a day’ during the lead up to and over ‘Open Weekend’. Events led by artist Jon Adams resulted in 5000 flags forming 'Lines on Lines' on the hill above Chatham on Sunday 24th July 2010 and in 2011 16 locations round the UK joined in to create 25,000 Flags in places as diverse as Waterloo Beach, Whitstable Beach, Frant Common, and Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
This year’s aim for 'Dysarticulate 3' is to 'engage' artists and audiences and ‘celebrate’ all aspects of London 2012.
Where will you plant yours?[Back to top]
Whilst making your Flags you could discuss the following themes:
- Do you or your school recycle books?
- Can temporary art be as important as permanent art?
- What are your favourite words, stories and books?
- What does London 2012 mean to you?
Top things to think about when planting:
- Will people be able to view your installation safely?
- How long can your installation stay in place?
- You can also decorate your flag/bunting.
- Don't forget to take pictures, send them to us.
- Tell your friends and family.
‘Anyone can come, be the artist for a day - and play’
How can I be involved?[Back to top]
You can get involved by creating your own event during the Summer - Autumn 2012
You can celebrate any part of London 2012 as an Individual, festival, school or organisation. Some examples:
- Join in and celebrate around the Torch Relay
- Celebrate opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics or Paralympics or Both.
- Celebrate during an end of term School sports day.
- Celebrate an Anniversary, personal or historic during Games time
- Celebrate at local archaeological site: this could be a hill fort or stone circle
We have been working with schools across Hampshire to make flags and look at the issues behind their showings – you can find Dysarticulated Schools at http://www.dysarticulatedschools.org/.
Is there anywhere you wish to plant?
We challenge you to try something new and celebrate by creating the largest, smallest, figurative, or random intervention you can, using the book flags or bunting that 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.
Anyone can take part during the Summer of 2012
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.
How does it work?[Back to top]
All you need are Bamboo Skewers, an old worn out paperback book, fishing line and some PVA Glue.
- 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.
- To make the bunting: as for the flags you remove the pages from the books, wrapping and gluing them to a length of fishing line folding the top over. You can buy fishing line in different strengths and colours – We would recommend a higher strength line for outside and a lighter strength for inside. Please take care to remove all the line after you have finished showing. Suitable knots can be found on the web.
For picture instructions, please download the DIY guide
What can I do afterwards?[Back to top]
Please tell us about your event and experiences: you can put your pictures of the 'flags' on the Facebook group ‘I’m going to take a book and make a field of flags’. You can add text such as the reasons you created your intervention, where it was, how many people were involved, etc. The most unusual, creative, largest or most inspiring could be added to a legacy film of the project to be shown on the Big Screens. We 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.
What are the risks involved with the event?[Back to top]
For further information regarding the health and safety aspects of Dysarticulate 2, please feel free to download a copy of the event's Risk Assessment sheet via the following link:
|Dysarticulate 2: Risk Assessment Sheet [Acrobat (.pdf) - 175 KB Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:34:00 BST]|
Downloads[Back to top]
|Dysarticulate 3: Flags DIY Guide [Acrobat (.pdf) - 36.5 KB Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:53:00 BST]|
|Dysarticulate 2: How to make book flags [Acrobat (.pdf) - 640 KB Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:01:00 BST]|
|Dysarticulate 2: How to make flag bunting [Acrobat (.pdf) - 225 KB Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:03:00 BST]|