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Talks & Seminars

Reclaiming Disability in Co-creation

Kelsie Acton and Har­sha Bal­a­sub­ra­man­ian will explore co-cre­ative strate­gies for reclaim­ing knowl­edge con­tributed by dis­abil­i­ty communities.

The integration of marginalised perspectives into mainstream culture is emerging as an important part of co-creation. However, in this workshop, we ask whether this borrowing from marginalised folks always brings along the unique histories, aesthetics, and causes defining their communities?

Some technologies that now receive widespread attention, such as audio books and AI assistants, have roots in disability communities. Yet, mainstream audiences are not called upon to recognise the often ongoing role of disability communities in building these technologies, let alone how to champion their perspectives. Drawing on different critical and creative encounters with disability, Kelsie Acton and Harsha Balasubramanian will explore co-creative strategies for reclaiming knowledge contributed by disability communities. How can we reassociate these tools with disability history and culture, transforming their significance in society at large?

The conversation will be opened out to the audience Q&A.
About the Speakers
Kelsie Acton | @kelsieacton
Kelsie is a neurodivergent access consultant, researcher and choreographer. She is currently the Inclusive Practice Manager at Battersea Arts Centre, the world's first Relaxed Venue. Her PhD research into the accessibility of timing in disability dance rehearsal was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and she recently completed a residency at Siobhan Davies Dance Centre (UK). She is a member of the Critical Design Lab, a multi-national, multi-institutional collective focused on access, disability and design. As an access consultant she has worked with the Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Canada), the Citadel Theatre (Canada), Canada Dance Assembly, Caisson and Friends (UK), Hot Coals Productions (UK), Scarborough Museum Trust (UK) and Freelancers Make Theatre Work (UK).

Harshadha Balasubramanian |
Harshadha Balasubramanian is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCL, and she collaborates with advisors at the Royal College of Art. Harsha’s PhD explores the experiences of artists adopting virtual reality (VR) in the UK, asking how they contribute to shaping ideas about what and whom VR is for. A defining feature of her research so far has been foregrounding experiences of disability to collaboratively develop critiques of VR, as well as rethink the aesthetics and methods of research itself.
Interloops: Reframing Collaboration
Caraboo Projects are really excited to invite you to ‘Interloops’. The series attends to what are often cast as obstacles in the relationships between collaborators, asking how they may actually be sources of creativity. Inspired by the innovative co-creative practices that have emerged in the last 18 months, these interactive workshops invite you to reframe the ethics, politics, and aesthetics of collaboration with the critical perspectives of artists. If you collaborate in any industry, we welcome you to bring along your experiences to this potlatch of reflections.

Interloops has been produced by Harshadha Balasubramanian and Caraboo Projects

This programme of events has been generously supported by Arts Council England
This talk will take place on Zoom, using video & audio, and you can participate during the Q and A session after the talk (either by voice or text chat). There will also be a BSL interpreter on this workshop.
The workshops will be recorded and available to view via our website following the event.