John Lennon and Yoko Ono were famous for a peace 'bed in'. Now performance artist Liz Crow has been 'Bedding Out' in Edinburgh to highlight poverty and disability.
Originating with a performance as part of SPILL Festival of Performance at Ipswich Art School Gallery in November 2012, Bedding Out emerged from the current welfare benefits overhaul, which threatens many with poverty, and a propagandist campaign that has seen disability hate crime leap by 50 per cent.
The project sees artist-activist Liz Crow taking her private bed-oriented life and placing it in the public arena for all to see over a 48-hour period
It has since gone on to tour as part of the People Like You exhibition Salisbury Arts Centre in April 2013, coinciding with the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment, which replaced Disability Living Allowance on 8 April 2013.
Ms Crow has been in Edinburgh with Bedding out this weekend, as part of the festival fringe, and gathering a huge following on Twitter and online media.
Members of the public are invited to participate in ‘Bedside Conversations’ throughout the performance, gathering around the bed to talk about the work, its backdrop and its politics, while those unable to attend in person are invited to take part virtually, through social media.
The Salisbury performance was watched by more than 9,750 people in over 50 countries and received national coverage in the Guardian. The Edinburgh performances have attracted a huge media interest, too.
Bedding Out has been commissioned as part of Disability Arts Online’s Diverse Perspectives project (www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk), which is commissioning eight disabled artists across the UK to make a new artwork.
Working closely with host organisations, artists produce work that sparks conversations and debate about the Creative Case for Diversity.
Bedding out has been taking place on Friday 9th August from 10.00am and on Saturday 10th August from 4.00pm at Hunt and Darton Cafe, 17-21 St Mary's Street, EH1 1SU (wheelchair
accessible, including loo). There have been conversations around the bed on Friday at 1pm and 5pm, and Saturday at 10am and 2pm, with BSL.
Roaring Girl Productions (RGP) is a creative media company working in film, audio, text and performance. It seeks to combine high quality creative work with practical activism.
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* Bedding Out online: http://www.roaring-girl.com/work/bedding-out/