The For A New Accessibility convergence will consist of various programming including workshops, performances, discussions, and a film screening! Descriptions of the various programs are available here. A schedule with times and locations is forthcoming, so please visit our website for updates!
Bead loom workshop – workshop
Participants will learn to bead on a loom, including warping, beading, and finishing. Together we will make beaded bracelets. At the end of the workshop participants will take their handmade bead looms with them to continue working on their own.
Big Rock Candy Mountain – workshop
Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling
Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed will give a brief talk on the themes and research of their current project with Other Sights For Artists Projects, Big Rock Candy Mountain. Big Rock Candy Mountain is a public artwork, flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank housed in an East Vancouver Elementary School. Along with the opportunities for multi-sensory experiences that food and candy provide, we explore candy’s cultural narratives and the ways in which it connects to larger stories about utopia, power and desire. The talk will be followed by a “taste-making” activity.
Surrey Youth Space
When I Walk – Film Screening & Tele-talk with Director
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.
An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, WHEN I WALK is a life-affirming film driven by a young man’s determination to survive—and to make sense of a devastating disease through the art of cinema.
During the convergence Lisa will be facilitating hands-on workshops that explore the sense of touch and our individual relationships to it.
This is an open-ended exploration which can take the form of a one-to-one bodywork session with myself, or touch exploration and discussion for groups of up to three. These group explorations of touch will not be dependent on touching other people. As an option, Lisa will also facilitate conversation on ideas of normativity and wellness for groups of up to three. There will be a signup list at the registration table.
Bodies in Deliberate Motion: Complex Embodiment, Access & Activism – Lecture
Amanda Cachia will present a lecture regarding her most recent curatorial exhibition, The Flesh of the World, which showcased the work of twenty-four Canadian and international artists in conjunction with the PanAm and ParaPanAm Games held in Toronto over the summer. Cachia will also contextualize the exhibition within her broader curatorial practice and dissertation research, which has focused on representations and intersections of complex embodiment and phenomenology in contemporary art over the past five years. Cachia is especially interested in how the curator might become an infrastructural activist in the museum for the benefit of disabled artists and audiences. What are the ethical and practical responsibilities for curators in thinking about exhibits that offer disability as a central subject matter? How can access become a dynamic conceptual tool for interrogation in art exhibitions hand in hand with thinking about access as a practical conundrum? The presentation will include an overview of Cachia’s other recently curated exhibitions, such as Art of the Lived Experiment, LOUD silence, and Marking Blind.
An intricate and complex system of sensation, memory, imagery and emotions, build the foundation of an underground world that exist within each of us. How might we navigate this world when the landscape is shadowed and the pathways in remain unknown? Institutions and societal norms encourage surface dwelling, while our sensing, intuitive, expansive, emotional bodies have the capacity to lead us underground. Working with visualization and movement we will play and explore these worlds that are known and unknown to us.
Telling Herstories: Dialogue Exploring Women Perspective on Accessibility & the Arts
EWMA – Jessica Numminen
The gender imbalance of women participation in the arts is an overlooked issue with little opportunity for exploration to facilitate much needed change. The focus of this dialogue will explore the issues of accessibility from a women’s perspective and to engage diverse perspectives of women while providing the space to tell and share with each other their own unique stories and realities. By doing so, developing a better understanding of what access and accessibility can mean to women artists. This dialogue is meant as an opportunity to explore the strength of women artists and using those skills to facilitate change.
Reverb: A Queer Reading Series
Hosts: Esther McPhee and Leah Horlick
Readers: Hiromi Goto, Lucas Crawford, Vi Levitt, Adèle Barclay, & Kay Ho
REVERB is an anti-oppressive, quarterly reading series for queer writers on unceded Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh land. All our writers self-identify on a spectrum of queerness that centres trans* and femme experiences. All of our events are held in physically and financially accessible spaces, and with every event, we make at least one change to ensure that REVERB becomes more and more accessible. We promise to do all we can to create a safer space — bring your suggestions! Check your assumptions at the door; REVERB is a body-positive, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and hella queer- and trans-positive event. http://reverbqueerreadingseries.weebly.com/
Please come and contribute, collaborate and play! Using our breathing, our natural rhythms and cadences in moving through space, our speaking and singing voices, our habitual idioms, sayings and activist slogans, together we’ll investigate what a new group statement might feel, sound and move like. This investigation is based in a Cree worldview’s M.O. of pimâtisiwin (life) and aims to be dynamically radically inclusive of all the participants.
For a New Accessibility Panel Discussion
Moderator: Cecily Nicholson
Panelists: Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Carmen Papalia, Amanda Cachia, & Margaret Dragu
The social condition of disability—in which a group or individual is disempowered by the systems that they are in relation to—is an epidemic that effectively marginalizes entire communities with diverse and complex needs. Locally, this oppression plays out in schools, hospitals, cultural institutions, policing, and through various arms of government, making the effort to claim agency a strategic, high-stakes intervention.
- The panel will consider a series of propositions as we think/move towards a new accessibility:
- How do we collectively change a/this system of oppression?
- How can we provoke institutional entities to evolve?
- How does our negotiation of access alter our environment?
- What are the tenets of an open model for access?
Kombucha Korner acts as an outpost of the Hammock Residency to allow for more time around these sensitive and complex issues. Consisting of two chairs, a table from the Hammock Residency, and a 5 gallon on tap container of Kombucha brewed at the Hammock Residency, participants at the conference will be able to sit down with Heidi to and talk about any of the issues they would like to discuss further. There will also be cups available if folks would like to take Kombucha to go.
As an elixir, Kombucha cleanses, heals, and energizes the body. Kombucha is a non alcoholic fermented tea. Some bodies do not agree with Kombucha, so listen to your own body and drink at your discretion. Kombucha Korner will be set up at Gallery Gachet for the first two days of the conference (Friday and Saturday). On Sunday, when the conference moves to the Contemporary Art Gallery, Kombucha Korner will transform into 12 Hammock Kombucha Kits, contained in Mason jars, with instructions, for folks to bring home, so that they can brew their own Kombucha.