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Published on Nov 9, 2007
A Collaborative work by the Disabled Avant-Garde (artists Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson)
Tom and Jerry: in this piece the DAG's frequent use of 'blue screen' filming and technology reaches its apogee in a cartoonish, slapstick homage to their 'cat-and-mouse' heroes. Traditionally, cartoons and animation are considered to be very accessible to disabled people. Here, the DAG perform an hilarious chase through their 'mama's' house, bumping into cartoon furniture and whacking each other with pots and pans. The anthropomorphism that is an integral factor in the appeal of cartoon characters once again takes on new resonance through the 'filter' of disability. Compare this knockabout, no-holds-barred romp with the careful tiptoeing around disabled people in real life, wrapping them in cotton wool and avoiding causing any offence.