A screenshot from the Curing Perfect game. The image shows the main character, who is imperfect, stood on a conveyor belt heading towards a whole in the floor

Curing Perfect?

Posted on 23 November 2016

Are you perfect? Is anyone really perfect? These are questions posed by the launch of Carousel’s new Curing Perfect app.

Characters from the Curing Perfect graphic novel. One has a perfect smile, another is wearing sunglasses, a top hat and a pocket watch. The other is a lady with a cane.
Curing Perfect graphic novel. Created by Carousel and University of Birmingham. Image: Will Hanekom

Curing Perfect uses digital media to engage the public in the difficult issues of ‘curing’ disability and creating the perfect person. Created and developed by a team of learning disabled creatives from Carousel, it is a playful journey that carries a serious message.

What kind of humans do we want in our world?

The idea initially started out as an online graphic novel, which was set out over three chapters. The story takes people on a journey through a ‘perfect’ world, where access is limited by how ‘perfect’ you are.

The new app allows people to ‘play’ through all three chapters of the adventure – will you be ‘perfect’ or embrace your uniqueness? You can also play online at: http://curingperfect.com/

A graphic image of Paragon City from the Curing Perfect game. The cartoon image depicts a higgledy-piggledy city. with a large stop watch hanging from a building, a railway line that appears from behind the building on the right and stretches around the front before disappearing into a tunnel.
Curing Perfect. Created by Carousel and Birmingham University. Image: Will Hanekom

The project is the result of a collaboration between Carousel’s learning disabled artists, Birmingham University and digital artists Alex Peckham (Blast Theory) and Simon Wilkinson (Circa69).

Becky Bruzas, Curing Perfect spokesperson, said: “A year ago I read an article that claimed Downs Syndrome could be cured. It made me think about my condition, which is incurable, and about the future and what could happen.”

Curing Perfect is funded by The Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Monument Trust. Carousel is supported by the Arts Council and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Learn more about Carousel's work by clicking here.