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Alyssha Edwards: A Problem

Developed during the course of her residency in FACTLab, Edwards’ work focuses on breaking down many of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding dyslexia, exploring instead the positive, creative possibilities of this condition.

Part of the Winter 2017 season

Using her personal experience of dyslexia, Edwards interviewed a group of people to ask the question: "does dyslexia define your identity?" The varied responses she received (ranging from ignorance of or indifference to the condition, to the very positive or negative effects it has on people) prompted her to create a way for the public to experience dyslexia in a way that doesn’t involve standardised information such as letters or words.

The resulting work comprises sounds - including clips from her original interviews - triggered by the placement of puzzle pieces on a board, inspired by dyslexic screening tests. Edwards’ intention is to offer some idea of what it's like to learn new tasks from the viewpoint of someone with dyslexia, offering a visual puzzle that can result in several different ‘correct’ outcomes and interpretations.

As an artist in residence, during her two months here, Edwards received curatorial support from our Exhibitions team, as well as full access to FACTLab, our pioneering workshop space, in which to explore the possibilities of creative technology through hands-on experimentation, and with support from our in-house Learning Technologist.

Alyssha Edwards (UK), is an artist based in the North West, and the 2017 recipient of the Hope University and FACT Graduate Production Residency Award 2017. Here, she presents new work A Problem, as part of FACT’s Autumn programme Refuge.

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