In the last few decades, it has become possible to speak of “disability art” as a unique genre. But what is it? How does disability art look, feel, and sound? In this workshop, we’ll tour some of the most exciting developments in disability artistry, spanning disciplines and style. We’ll consider art that is informed by disability, beyond medical and therapeutic models that sometimes limit the possibilities for disabled artists. We’ll also consider how artistry inform justice: by imagining possible worlds, energizing activists and organizers, and responding to enduring inequities. And we’ll try to name the ways that movements for justice are themselves artful. We’ll discuss what we can do in turning to art in tough times - and how disability art is leading us to a promising future.
Kevin Gotkin is a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Department of Media, Culture, & Communication at New York University in 2011. His work lies at the intersection of disability studies, history of science/technology, and communication. He thinks a lot about amateurs, brilliance, technical expertise, the history of personal computing, the body, the mind, and mediation.
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