SINGING DDA, 2017

‘Contract’ – the Folkestone Triennial


The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) passed in 1995, was the first significant anti-discrimination legislation for disabled people in the UK and was the culmination of huge mobilisation calling for comprehensive social rights.
However, in its recommendations that ‘reasonable adjustments’ be made for social inclusion, in the 10 years immediately following the Act the employment rates of disabled people actually fell.

I took the DDA’s perceived failings as the basis for manifesting it as a public document by (badly) singing it. Taking to the streets of Folkestone as a busker, I managed to strum a rudimentary D-D-A chord structure whilst delivering some 30 pages of the Act as an improvised ‘song’.

Commissioned by Venice Agendas


Folkestone DDA 1