Why are you interested in this project?

I have long worked as an advocate am interested in this project for a number of reasons. I believe that there is merit in highlighting how technologies can be of benefit to artists and indeed all disabled people and to increase awareness and access to networks to disseminate the available knowledge. The remit of Decibels seems to strongly promote that case. I also feel strongly that technologies has in recent years become a byword for solutions in respect of disability and access, and this is a dangerous and misleading premise.

There is much PR and marketing about the improved accessibility of technology, yet this has not been my own experience or that of people I know with similar issues and needs. It seems that even the largest trans-national companies (e.g. Apple and Google) are guilty of putting [their idea of] style ahead of access needs despite the evidence and the enormous resources available to them. I feel that a broad discussion, which highlights the good and the bad aspects of technology as well as the differences among users, can only be a useful thing and may help to encourage more inclusive research in the future.

 

Three examples of past work

Toll (2013)

Bell-bronze 1220 x 550 x 25 mm

Installation view at Camden Arts Centre

An interactive sound sculpture at the garden of Camden Arts Centre. The form is based on a leaf taken from the ash tree and has the raised letter text which reads; Elm, Thrush, Butterfly, Bee, Starling, Sparrow, Ash. These are species of flora and fauna common when the artist was a child but are now at risk.

Toll (2013)

Toll (2013)

 

 

Some Cuts Resonate (2011)

Bell Bronze, 122 x 122.

Installation View – Millbank, London.

Winner of Cass Scupture Prize 2011.

This interactive work (which can spin on a swivel) is a comment on the cuts to arts and arts education.

Some Cuts Resonate (2011) Photo by Chris Wainwright

Some Cuts Resonate (2011)
Photo by Chris Wainwright

 

 

The Sound of Their Deaths in Australia (2014)

Bell- bronze 450 x 450 x 380 mm

Installation view, Henry Moore Plinth Millbank.

The site at Millbank was once a prison from where prisoners were deported to Australia and this interactive work was an homage to their memory.

The Sound of their Deaths in Australia (2014)

The Sound of their Deaths in Australia (2014)

 

 

Website

http://www.aaronmcpeake.com

 

 

How do you use technology in your work?

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Project Manager: Gemma Holsgrove

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Project Researcher: Will Sidebottom

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Project Co-ordinator: Debbie Flory

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Project Researcher: Will Sidebottom


Will is a singer-songwriter aspiring to be a Music Therapist, currently a Workshop Leader for Chiltern Music Therapy, a not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy services to people of all ages and many different needs. Will is also a volunteer for Deafax, a charity that develops solutions and opportunities for deaf people, in order to empower and enhance their lives.

Will studied Bmus Commercial Music Performance at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2015
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Project Co-ordinator: Debbie Flory


Debbie joined Decibels in October 2014 and spends her time helping out with the day-to-day administration of the office as well as assisting with researching and sending out funding applications and co-ordinating the current projects. Prior to this, Debbie worked for many years in the Financial Services Sector starting as a member of the New Business Team and ending her career as Executive Assistant to the CEO & Sales Director. She was then approached by an ex-work colleague who was volunteering at Deafax, a charity for the deaf, to see if she would be interested in supporting them on their “admin side of things” – Debbie is still there 11 years later! Hobbies include travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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