Body of the Gods

360º film

Set between the stars of an Elysian empire, mere mortals are invited to gaze over two mountainous, prodigious, amputee Gods. These Gods, preside over us in vivid 3D 360º moving image, against a soundscape of textual poetry which creates an intimate VR experience. Funded by the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, DYSPLA collaborated with the PASCCAL Project of Bournemouth University, to explore the representation of the disabled body in art and in our society as a whole.

Past Screenings...
• Tate Modern, XRLO, March 2020
• Hiatus Exhibition, Canvas, London, 11th-14th Sept, 2019
Bodyparts Exhibition, Aisa House, London, 2nd- 5th July 2019

Commissioned by the PASCCAL Project and funded by PASCCAL and the Arts Council England. Featuring models Nancy Harris and Dan Richards with voice over by Constantine Gregory.

Directed by DYSPLA, shot by Peter Collis.

Media coverage tends to focus on ‘aesthetically’ pleasing and ‘acceptable’ disabled bodies through a heightened visibility of disability that increasingly frames para-sport.  Many of the research participants reported that they felt able to stare at the television and these para-sport bodies, but not able to hold that stare in the same way if observing a disabled person in everyday settings. Instead, many reported that in the everyday ‘one would make a conscious effort not to stare’. Audiences also described the negotiations around what was termed ‘political correctness’ in how they talked about disability and of ‘polite distancing and discomforting’ when ‘doing talk’ about disability and para-sport.

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