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The Diverse Art of Comedy

Posted by Philip Patston on 30 April 2009, 7:42 am in , ,

[caption id="attachment_1753" align="alignleft" width="121" caption="Janette Cervin “Tragic”"]Janette Cervin “Tragic”[/caption]

As part of his show, A Bit of What He’s Got, in the 2009 NZ International Comedy Festival, comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston has launched the Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) to explore the interaction of attitude and perception using portraiture. Unitec Fine Arts students have contributed over a dozen portraits of the gay, disabled comic informed by different attitudes, which will be hung in the foyer of the Herald Theatre today.

Media Release...

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Self-invention

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 April 2009, 5:23 pm in , , , ,

Renee Liang from The Lumiere Reader spoke to Philip recently about his upcoming show and how he invents himself.

RENEE: You call yourself a comedian, change consultant and social entrepreneur... how do those things all tie together? Can you be all of them at the same time?

PHILIP: Well it’s interesting you should ask because it’s one of the things I’m trying to do with this show. read more...

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The Creative Collide

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 April 2009, 7:28 pm in , , , ,

Philip Patston - The Creative CollideKiwi comedian and creative entrepreneur Philip Patston will explore ‘what happens when creativity and diversity collide’ in a new blog on The Big Idea called The Creative Collide. "I am fascinated to foster a dialogue that generates exploration and greater awareness of the similarity, difference, variety and range of creative experiences and expression." Read more over at The Big Idea »

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D3P launched

Posted by Philip Patston on 16 April 2009, 9:12 pm in , , , ,

As part of his show in the 2009 NZ International Comedy Festival, comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston has launched the Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) to explore the interaction of attitude and perception using portraiture. Unitec Fine Arts students will create portraits of the gay, disabled comic informed by different attitudes.

“We hope to see how different attitudes projected by the subject impact on the perspectives of the artists,” says Patston, “proving that diversity is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also in the eye of the person being beheld.”

Patston will pose using what he believes are a number of commonly held attitudes about marginalised people, that he calls the four T’s. These are trauma, tragedy, tricky (difficult), and triumphant.

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Diversityworks launches Creative Momentum

Posted by Philip Patston on 7 April 2009, 7:42 am in ,

creative momentumDiversityworks has launched Creative Momentum, a virtual movement around creative diversity. Through an international website and local events we want to create more awareness of creativity and diversity. To begin with, we want to know what creative diversity means to you. Each month we profile a featured creative and welcome you to comment, question and explore how creativity and diversity interact.

Visit Creative Momentum now at www.creativemomentum.org »

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Gay comic builds Creative Diversity event

Posted by Philip Patston on 21 January 2009, 9:00 pm in , , ,

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News

By GayNZ.com Daily News Staff - 15th January 2009

Gay and disabled comedian Philip Patston is about to launch the most ambitious project of his life - Momentum'09, an International Creative Diversity Symposium happening next month at Auckland's Sky City Convention Centre.

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Making way and letting it all out

Posted by Philip Patston on 4 January 2009, 9:13 am in ,

If I ran an online magazine, I'd want it to be a lot like Irked Magazine.

On the About page, we are are reminded that, "lurking in the shadows of our psyches is often a feeling of being dissatisfied, unheard, and invalidated for ... who we are. Whether we are the “elite” of society, or the “downtrodden,” we often feel, shall we say, irked by the silent emotions to which we wish to give voice."

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Disabled People Can't Dance

Posted by Philip on 28 December 2008, 12:00 pm in , , ,

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Catch me on TV tonight...

Artsville brings New Zealand art and artists to the screen with a series of vivid documentaries, from a range of the country's best and independent producers, directors and writers.

This week - Disabled People Can't Dance: The portrait of two gifted dancers, Jesse and Dan, who happen to be disabled, and the unique dance company they dance for - Touch Compass. With narration by renowned comedian, Philip Patston.

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Conversation with a Knight

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 December 2008, 12:00 pm in , , ,

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About 18 months ago I saw an online video of Sir Ken Robinson addressing the TED conference in San Francisco. This morning I interviewed him via webconference.

Here's an earlier blog post...

I was instantly impressed by his warmth, articulateness and wit and, by the end of his 20 minute argument that schools kill creativity, I was a fan. I spent the next week playing the clip to all and sundry and, during one of the repeated playbacks I noticed that he had a limp. At the time I was beginning to organise Momentum'09, an international symposium on creative diversity and, at that moment, decided that Sir Ken had to be part of the speaker line up. What followed was six months of negotiation with Sir Ken's agent which resulted in a video-conference from Los Angeles where Sir Ken lives.

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I blame soap operas and reality TV...

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 December 2008, 4:12 am in , ,

Curtis at Attitude tipped me off that this thread on Hard News was hotting up - great to see. Thanks Russell Brown for posting the clip and Hilary Stace for the kind words. Bless.

I always feel slightly torn when considering contributing to these kinds of discussions around impairment and disability, mainly because the language used is so inconsistent and, in many cases, either confusing or just semantically inaccurate.

Disability, disabilities, disablement, different ability, physically/ intellectually challenged, mentally retarded etc...all are words used in such an ad hoc manner that they become meaningless in my mind. Sometimes they are used to define and categorise individuals; at other times to describe social processes; then again to paint a picture of behaviour. The only thing they have in common is that they serve to draw a comparison with what we interpret as a "normal" experience of being in this reality we call life, the world, society (look, more ad hoc, confused semantic redundancy).

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