SQUARE EYE Festival 3 – 6 December 2020

DEAF EXPLORER are hosting their first ever online festival of Deaf artists and Deaf arts.

Join the team and amazing Deaf artists on 3rd – 6th December 2020.

All events are free and live events can be booked through Eventbrite (links below.)

Thursday 3rd December 2020

7pm – Festival launch: We are Deaf Explorer

Deaf Explorer CIC Directors

Meet the Deaf Explorer CIC Directors. Maral Mamaghanizadeh (Jewellery/visual artist and assistant producer), Rinkoo Barpaga (Theatre and filmmaker), Billy Read (Choreographer and street dancer), Alan McLean (Producer & bid writer), Rachael Veazey (Producer & Access Manager.)

Who is Deaf Explorer and what do we do? 

How can you get involved? 

The team would like to share future plans with you in this panel discussion and live Q&A. 

This is a live zoom event and the launch event of Deaf Explorer’s first digital festival: “Square Eye” 3rd – 6th December 2020.

Deaf Explorer are delighted to be joined by Scottish presenter, Lucy Clark and Lucy will host this event with the team.

Lucy Clark – TV presenter
BSL Interpreted

This event is lead in BSL with BSL Interpreters translating into English.

8:15pm – RINKOO BARPAGA: RECORDED LIVE AT CRYSTAL PALACE FESTIVAL

Rinkoo performing in a red long-sleeve t-shirt

A recording of Rinkoo’s live performance from Crystal Palace Festival 2020 will be broadcast on Deaf Explorer’s facebook and youtube channel.

Rinkoo creates solo performances, exploring identity, Deafness and racism. He incorporates a very physical style of storytelling, embodying over 50 different characters in each show. His storytelling is humorous and engaging, but doesn’t fail to stop an audience in their tracks with a well-timed observation of a moment of injustice or discrimination.  Rinkoo performs in his first language, British Sign Language and is simultaneously translated into spoken English by performance Interpreter, Kam Deo.

Birmingham born Rinkoo Barpaga has moved around a lot trying to find somewhere to finally settle. Required to both tick the box, ‘ethnic minority,’ but also ‘Deaf’ he has been forced to constantly ask the question, “where do I belong?”

This is an extract from Rinkoo’s solo production: Made In India/Britain and is an insight into one man’s life as he tries to fathom out exactly who he is as he delves deep into past experiences to try and find clues which will help him settle in his present and find a place he can finally call home. 
Written by Rinkoo Barpaga
Directed by Daniel Bailey

BSL Interpreted

8:45pm – Maral Mamaghanizadeh: IF YOU WANT TO BE ALIVE… READ MY LIPS

If You Want To Be Alive…Read My Lips is commissioned by Journeys Festival International and supported by Arts Council England, If You Want To Be Alive…Read My Lips is a performance film introducing Maral’s experience of deafness and jewellery making, her artistic practice and becoming a refugee due to the political nature of her artwork.

The film showcases her bone china jewellery and demonstrates how the jewellery is worn, over the ears. A sound collage, by sound designer Chris Bartholomew, samples Iranian feminist protest songs and asks audiences to consider the difficulties of engaging politically when you do not have access to sound.

You must read Maral’s lips, giving an insight into her unique experience as a Deaf person and revealing the beauty of sign language that has finally given her a ‘voice.’

Maral Mamaghanizadeh is a Deaf Iranian artist, awarded an MA in Jewellery and Silversmithing from Birmingham City University in 2017 with her work ‘The Politics of Voice; The Tale of Tresses.’

Her work explores barriers she encounters in everyday life as a Deaf, female refugee. She communicates through her artworks, combining feminism and cultural politics.

This film will be broadcasted on Deaf Explorer’s facebook and youtube channel.


9:15pm – Billy Read presents SIGN CRIMINAL

Billy jumps

Street dance theatre work in progress. Billy is developing a new work for Deaf teenagers with long term collaborators, Ariel Fung and Chris Fonseca. Watch the work in progress.

This film will be broadcasted on Deaf Explorer’s facebook and youtube channel.


10pm – Rinkoo Barpaga & Zoe McWhinney: THE ARMCHAIR COMMENTATORS

Part One: Deaf Ecosystem

Deaf Explorer commissioned Rinkoo Barpaga and Zoe McWhinney to make a series of four programmes, talking about original topics relevant to the Deaf community.

Make a cuppa and put your feet up to watch their conversation and share your thoughts with us by posting on social media. This film will be broadcasted on Deaf Explorer’s facebook, instagram and youtube channels.


Friday 4th December 2020

7:00pm – Ahmed Mudawi in conversation with Jean St. Clair

Jean is professional Deaf actor with over 48 years in the business. Find out about Jean’s lockdown experiences, her digital work and her future plans. This event is live on zoom with audience Q&A.

BSL Interpreted

8:15pm – David Ellington presents: PERMISSION TO SPEAK

Commissioned by DaDa fest, Deaf Explorer commissioned 6 Deaf artists to talk about discrimination and privilege. Comedy writer & actor, Ben Rufus Green, provides a translation for each Deaf artist. The work shows the ‘Deaf Explorer’ collective’s beliefs that “Deaf artists are not just one homogeneous Deaf culture, they always intersect with other kinds of cultural identity”.

Artists David Ellington, Matthew Gurney, Sahera Khan, Ishtiaq Hussain and Leigh Blake will share their thoughts about the Deaf Explorer DaDaFest commission, Permission To Speak videos and what it was like to have a ‘cowboy interpreter’ translating for them. This event will be live on zoom with audience Q&A. Book on Eventbrite – link below.

Permission To Speak is a series of 6 short videos and will be broadcast as part of DaDa Fest: Translations, International Online Festival.

This event will be in British and Urban Sign language and will not have a BSL interpreter.

Link to Q&A with BSL interpreter 7:30pm Monday 30 November on Dadafest website


9:30pm – THE ARMCHAIR COMMENTATORS

PART TWO: SIGN LANGUAGE

Deaf Explorer commissioned Rinkoo Barpaga and Zoe McWhinney to make a series of four programmes, talking about original topics relevant to the Deaf community. Make a cuppa and put your feet up to watch their conversation and share your thoughts with us by posting on social media. This film will be broadcasted on Deaf Explorer’s facebook, instagram and youtube channels.


Saturday 5th December 2020

12:00 – Ruth Montgomery: Audiovisability

Ruth Montgomery will talk about her work ‘Audiovisibility’ and how to make music accessible for Deaf audiences. using performance and visual art. Deaf Explorer is excited to invite Ruth to present her work and past projects and to talk about her next big projects: Calypso and Two Hearts, The Ballet of Dressage and Music.

2021 is a big year for Ruth Montgomery as she will be working in Barbados and Japan as well as organising a concert with Evelyn Glennie and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This event will be presented in British Sign Language with BSL Interpretation.

BSL Interpreted

1:15pm – Mark Smith, Deaf Men Dancing: PROGRESS SCORE

Deaf Explorer will screen a recording of Mark Smith’s Progress score with his ensemble, Deaf Men Dancing. Performed at the Greenwich Performs Festival in 2019 with original music composed by Chris Bartholomew (Ad Infinitum, Deafinatly Theatre).

London, UK. 09.10.19. Deaf Men Dancing present “Time”, a triple bill of work, comprising “Hear! Hear!”, “TEN” and “The Progress Score”, as part of Greenwich Performs, at Laban Theatre, Greenwich, on the 9th and 10th October. The piece shown is: The Progress Score, choreographed by Mark Smith. Lighting design is by Jonathan Samuels, with costume design by DMD. The dancers are: ‘Liam’ – Joseph Porton ‘George’ – Joseph Fletcher ‘Dennis ‘ – Aaron Rahn ‘Kyle’ – Joshua Kyle-Cantrill. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

3:30pm – LIVE VV performance by Ishtiaq Hussain

Watch a brand new live VV poem by Ishtaiq, especially created for the Square Eye Festival. Broadcasted live on our facebook page and on our facebook page and YouTube channel.

4:00pm: Ishtiaq Hussain: SHINE A LIGHT, Sprit of 2012 project.

in 2021 Ishtiaq Hussain will be working with Creative Black Country and Deaf Explorer to create an inclusive performance and short films of Visual Vernacular (V V) and spoken word poetry. A project for Deaf and hearing people based in the West Midlands, join our zoom session and find out about the project and watch a video of Ishtiaq performing a VV poem about COVID-19.


7:00pm: THE ARMCHAIR COMMENTATORS Q&A with Rinkoo Barpaga and Zoe McWhinney

A live zoom session with Zoe and Rinkoo about their project, The Armchair Commentators. Rinkoo and Zoe are ready to answer your questions about the series. Have you watched their broadcasts? Enjoyed it? Join us and let us hear your thoughts and your questions and maybe you have an idea for a future episode to share with us. This event is in BSL and will not have an interpreter.


9:30pmTHE ARMCHAIR COMMENTATORS

Part Three: PRIVILEGE

Deaf Explorer commissioned Rinkoo Barpaga and Zoe McWhinney to make a series of four programmes, talking about original topics relevant to the Deaf community. Make a cuppa and put your feet up to watch their conversation and share your thoughts with us by posting on social media. This film will be broadcasted on Deaf Explorer’s facebook, instagram and youtube channels.


Sunday 5th December 2020

SHOPPING TIME!

Deaf Explorer becomes a shopping channel today.

Don’t know what to buy for Christmas gifts? Still haven’t bought anything? It’s time to treat yourself or someone you love with original work made by Deaf artists. Why not to join us to see what Deaf craft makers and visual artists are selling this year. Let’s support each other and the Deaf economy during this strange time.

The artist’s work will be broadcast on Deaf Explorer’s facebook, instagram and youtube channels.

Artists:

11:00

11am Ruaridh Lever-Hogg

Ruaridh graduated recently from Duncan of Jordanstone Art School, Dundee University, with a Masters’ degree in Fine Art. He paints in oils on authentic tartan fabrics, treated and placed on traditional canvas stretchers. 

Contact:

ruaridhleverhogg@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/rleverhogg/

11:30am Oliver Chettle

Based in Reading and he paints on photography with oils.

https://oliverchettlephotography.co.uk

Etsy shop: https://etsy.me/3pH2zIv

12pm Vicky Barber

Acrylic paintings on canvases & woods

Styles: Acrylic Pouring/Splashing

Various sizes & shapes paintings available for sale, 

buy directly via inbox messages on Instagram/ Facebook art pages

Contact: 

Email: vickipink@hotmail.com

Art page on social media:

www.instagram.com/vb_deaf_artist

www.facebook.com/VBDeafArtist

12:30pm Oliver Jamin

Olivier is an Award Winning Multi Talented Contemporary Artist

Winner of IPSE’s Freelance Project of the Year 2019.

Olivier is shortlisted for European Diversity Awards (EDA): Coca Cola’s Hero of the Year 2019

He specialises in hand drawn multicoloured art using stencils, graffiti, digital art and public art installation. The aim is to produce work that combines the effect of colours and patterns and raises peoples imaginations and awareness.

Olivier sell original artwork and digital prints online at his website

www.ojart.net

Social media:

www.Instagram.com/olivierjaminartist


1:30pm – VISUAL ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION

Ruth Montgomery hosts an artist panel discussion about Deaf Visual art and the barriers many Deaf visual artists experience . Find out about Christopher Scare (visual artist), Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings (textile artist), Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq(painter), Ruaridh Lever-Hogg (painter) and Maral Mamaghanizadeh (Contemporary jewellery & visual artist)

This event will be in BSL with captions and a BSL interpreter providing translation into spoken English

BSL Interpreted

4:30pm – Matthew Gurney: MAKING A SHORT FILM ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE

Matthew Gurney recently wowed audiences at AD Infinitum’s online festival: This Is Where We Are, with his short film, ‘Dr. Voxoff’s Sign Language School for Hearing Children’ made completely on his iPhone. Matthew will lead a workshop on film making on your mobile and talk about Deaf Explorer’s new commissions for short films.

See Matty’s full short film (all filmed and edited on a phone) here: ‘Dr. Voxoff’s Sign Language School for Hearing Children’ committed by Ad Infinitum & HOME

BSL Interpreted

7:30pmMARK SMITH, DEAF MEN DANCING: PROGRESS SCORE

Deaf Explorer will screen a recording of Mark Smith’s Progress score with his ensemble, Deaf Men Dancing. Performed at the Greenwich Performs Festival in 2019 with original music composed by Chris Bartholomew (Ad Infinitum, Deafinatly Theatre).

London, UK. 09.10.19. Deaf Men Dancing present “Time”, a triple bill of work, comprising “Hear! Hear!”, “TEN” and “The Progress Score”, as part of Greenwich Performs, at Laban Theatre, Greenwich, on the 9th and 10th October. The piece shown is: The Progress Score, choreographed by Mark Smith. Lighting design is by Jonathan Samuels, with costume design by DMD. The dancers are: ‘Liam’ – Joseph Porton ‘George’ – Joseph Fletcher ‘Dennis ‘ – Aaron Rahn ‘Kyle’ – Joshua Kyle-Cantrill. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

9:30pmTHE ARMCHAIR COMMENTATORS

Part Four – DEAF ACTIVISM

Deaf Explorer commissioned Rinkoo Barpaga and Zoe McWhinney to make a series of four programmes, talking about original topics relevant to the Deaf community. Make a cuppa and put your feet up to watch their conversation and share your thoughts with us by posting on social media. This film will be broadcasted on Deaf Explorer’s facebook, instagram and youtube channels.


This festival programme is not yet complete. More events will be added over the next few days. Keep watching this page and our updates on Deaf Explorer

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We hope to see you at the festival, Square Eye 2020.

Deaf Explorer wish to acknowledge and thank the Arts Council of England for support in staging this festival.