Disabled Avant Garde
Works with Live Art Denmark
2014: Institutional Classics at Hitparaden 2
The performance Institutional Classics mimics the format of a pop concert, with the stars of the show, Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson taking center stage, their faces covered in KISS-like make up and surrounded by their band of musicians. Their program includes mostly long versions of classic children’s songs like “The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round” or “Old McDonald Had a Farm”, with the melodies heavily distorted into a very weird free form punk, because Aaron, the lead singer, is deaf.
About the Group
The Disabled Avant Garde’ (aka ‘DAG’) is a satirical arts organisation formed by the artists Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson. Their concern is to create contemporary art (video and performance) that might cause confusion and inspire debate through humorously distorting or subverting traditional stereotyping of disability. That is, the Disabled Avant-Garde’s work is an intervention into society’s perceptions and expectations of disabled people that often defines them by their impairments. The DAG follow the social model of disability then and their work fits the category of ‘crip humour’, being both pitch-black and self-knowing.