On 13 May, Autograph and Disability Arts Online livestreamed a panel discussion in which disabled and non-disabled artists and researchers shared their thoughts on what stillness and mobility mean in a digitally hyperconnected society. The discussion covered themes such as AI, surveillance, isolation, and accessibility. A recording of the stream, with BSL, captions and integrated audio description is available to view online until 20 May. The discussion starts about 9 minutes in.
Joe Turnbull (host) is Assistant Editor of Disability Arts Online and an art critic.
Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC) is an artist and essayist exploring surveillance, social relations within digital space and how power operates online. Her recent work has featured in The Wrong Bienniale, Strangelove Time-Based Media Festival, Cryptic Nights, Digital Mental Health conference and she is currently a Sound Pioneer with Yorkshire Women’s Sound Network.
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Matilda Ibini is a self-described ‘bionic playwright and screenwriter’ and previous Graeae Theatre Artist-in-Residence. Matilda’s play ‘The Grape that Rolled Under the Fridge’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2019. She’s also had work staged at the Old Vic Theatre, Bunker Theatre and Arcola Theatre amongst others.
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, and a PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His on-going curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2019) and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama.
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