Artivism, Disability & Digital Futures
The 21st century has seen a changing landscape of cultural and artistic production modalities; in the dawning of the smartphone – a digital reality predicted by many sci-fi greats, such as Black feminist badass, Octavia Butler – a cyberscape of hyper-democracy has been birthed. Anyone who participates / has access to a platform can create in equal measure. These platforms are infinite and unlimited, an unravelling of previous cornerstone notions of exclusivity that hold up the sterile white walls of the Art World.
Internet artists (and artivists) are those who don’t just watch their digital feed but swim alongside it. Less care is placed on credit as production becomes a part of a collective creative mass. The tweet the retweet the share the remix the echo. It is art and it is also resistance.
Let’s explore the ways in which the Age of the Internet is inherently crip & radical. Through smartphone photography, found objects, self-documentation & observation, this hands-on workshop is designed to create community and skill share across media & discipline. Just bring your Self, your cellph, and yourself. No photography or poetry experience required!
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jes sachse is a Toronto-based writer, artist & curator obsessed with disability culture. Living across the blurred lines of disability, queerness and madness, they are currently working on their first illustrated novel Gutter, which will portray these dilemmas through a multi-modal narrative form, reflecting at once on both a crip navigation of contemporary culture, and the permeation of traumas and spaces of invisible wars; the colonial legacy of incarceration imposed by the intersecting prison and medical industrial complexes.
To follow their work: crookedlunch.wordpress.com (blog)
Wy Joung Kou is a chronically ill genderqueer artist and a Taurus who creates from the heart, more recently exploring and unearthing the power that social dichotomies hold over us as sick, disabled, queer, trans and gender variant people of colour, youth, healers, teachers, and lovers. They are deeply passionate about radical performing arts, poetry as medicine, and visual art that reflects the diversity of experiences present in the communities that hold them. All of their work is rooted in aspiring shameless self-love, sick queer angst as power, and unapologetic.