Below the surface: A making workshop exploring ethics and praxis at the intersections of art, trauma & Disability
Facilitated by: Suze Berkhout & Alexandra Frankel
When: Wednesday, November 2 from 10:00-11:30am
Where: Just Movements CreateSpace (Uhall 2-131)
Who: By registration (max 12 participants in person, 8 online) - register by clicking here. (zoom link will be sent to those who register for online tickets)
Description: Sensory, imaginative, and creative/artistic practices have become increasingly embedded in research methods in the social sciences and humanities. This making workshop explores frictions that arise when such practices, designed to evoke strong, bodied experiences and memories, are brought into conversation with disability arts and culture. Though an experiential engagement with an arts-based interviewing activity called "It's Just Below the Surface," workshop members will create and modify a cast of their hand and arm (or other part of their body of their choosing) and use this as a launching point for a discussion of what it means to engage in trauma-informed research practices and the tensions that exist in relation to using art-making for research purposes, when art + disability have historically had a frictional relationship (in medicalized settings especially) due to assumptions surrounding art as therapy rather than art as knowledge, pleasure, expression, and critique.
COVID Precautions: Everyone attending must wear a well-fitted surgical or KN-95 mask (available if you forget)
Supplies to gather for online participation: please have with you some aluminum foil, medium sized piece of cardboard or Bristol board, tape or a stapler, and some craft supplies like paper, pipe-cleaners, pastels, markers, paint pens, highlighters and the like that you have available to you
Access needs: See here for accessibility details about the space. Contact Lindsay (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any other access needs we can meet or questions we can answer.
This event is co-organized with: Chlöe Taylor, Joshua St. Pierre, Tim Barlott