"Alien invasion" due to hit Wales as Newtown prepares to welcome invading Camp DAG

By Nick Owen | 23 August 2011
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Camp DAG
© Courtesy of Oriel Davies Gallery
Event: Camp DAG: The Disabled Avant-Garde, Newtown, Wales, September 9-10 2011

The residents of a small Welsh town may be in for a shock come September as an "alien invasion" hits Newtown on the banks of the River Severn.

The Disabled Avant-Garde, comprising artists Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson, are creating a mysterious occurrence, seemingly appearing out of nowhere.

For two days Camp DAG will "interrupt" everyday life in Newtown, taking the townspeople by surprise to test perceptions of what makes us "insiders" or "outsiders".

Camp DAG will feature performances by eight other disabled artists from Wales, whose props will include caravans, an assortment of tents, horses and dogs and plumes of campfire smoke.

The two-day invasion begins on the launch day of tickets for the Paralympic games, and will culminate in a documentary of the camp screened at the Oriel Davies Gallery in September 2012.

Candidly filmed, the Newtown people’s response to Camp DAG is integral to the work.

The Disabled Avant-Garde is comprised of disabled artists who satirically subvert traditional stereotypes around disability, fitting into the category of "crip humour".

The event is part of the Outside IN programme aimed at increasing the number of disabled and deaf artists working together with mainstream galleries.

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