Louise Hickman

Transcription Machines: Feminist Labor and Access Work

Sins Invalid, An Unashamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility. Sins Invalid is one of my favorite American projects, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a performance based collective ‘that incubates and celebrates’ artists with disabilities, particularly ‘artists of color and queer and gender-variant, as communities who have historically been …

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The opportunity of adversity (?)

July 25, 2012

The opportunity of adversity

In Mullins 2009 TED talk, she said: ‘The conversation with society has changed profoundly in the last decade. It is no longer a conversation about overcoming deficiency. It’s a conversation about augmentation; it’s a conversation about potential. A prosthetic limb does not represent the need to replace the loss anymore. It can stand as a symbol that the wearer has the power to recreate whatever it is and they want to create in that space, so that people society once considered to be disabled can now become architects of their own identities.’

The one simple question I ask, who has access to this?

Join the hunt for average Joe

Everyone’s heard of Average Joe, but has anyone ever met him?
What does he look like and how does he act?
Is he even a he?
And could you be Average Joe?

This image is a part of Niet Normaal, a new exhibition which explores what is and isn’t normal through the work of cutting edge contemporary artists.

This show finished in 2010, good news, the show is being run at Liverpool as part of a disability Art festival DaDaFest. Find out more here: http://www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival/niet-normaal/

Jerry Lewis, you’re not funny, You’re using people to raise money! Stop the pity, stop the lies, Stop to think — don’t patronize! (Chants taken from http://www.cripcommentary.com/LewisVsDisabilityRights.html) The short film The Kids are Alright is based on Jerry’s Orphans, a group of disability rights activists. The activists are protesting against the ‘pity approach’ which is used …

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Day 2: I have selected a number of stills from Kazuo Hara’s documentary film: Goodbye CP! (1972).  As each image communicates independently, I’m going to deliberately omit any subjective, personal analysis. All I will say is that this simple collection clearly asserts: ‘Hara wants you to stop looking and truly see‘. This film is based on a …

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