Recoding CripTech Opening Reception with Artist Panel & Discussion

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Curated by Vanessa Chang and Lindsey D. Felt, Recoding CripTech reimagines enshrined notions of what a body can be or do through creative technologies, and how it can move, look, or communicate. As the term “crip” reclaims the word for disability culture and recognizes disability as a cultural and political identity, so too do artists hack technologies to dismantle barriers to access. By creating new kinds of social and sensory interactions with technology, these artists portend a crip aesthetic for media arts that honors the diversity of human bodies.

Opening with a free, all ages reception on Thursday, January 23, 6–9pm, the evening program feature an artist panel discussion and Q&A, led by disability scholar and UC Berkeley professor Karen Nakamura featuring disability activist and Disability Visibility host, Alice Wong.

Together, panelists explore how the political work of cripping technologies exposes disparities as well as offer insight into the aesthetic motivations of exhibiting artists. The discussion will be recorded and turned into an episode of Wong’s podcast.

Accessibility Information
The opening reception is located at SOMArts Cultural Center, which is wheelchair accessible from the main driveway on 934 Brannan Street. ASL and CART interpreters will be provided for the evening, and wheelchair seating will be reserved. Service animals are welcome. You will be prompted during ticket check out to indicate which accommodation(s) you might  need.

Audio descriptions can be found at the following link:

Accessible exhibition texts can be found at the following link:

Karen Nakamura

Darrin Martin
M Eifler aka BlinkPopShift
Claudia Alick
Alice Wong

Exhibiting Artists
Jillian Crochet

Pete Eckert
M Eifler aka BlinkPopShift & Steve Sedlmayr
Sara Hendren
Todd Herman
Allison Leigh Holt
Jennifer Justice
Darrin Martin
Sonia Soberats
Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi
Alice Sheppard, in collaboration with Katherine Helen Fisher, Shimmy Boyle, Laurel Lawson, Lisa Niedermeyer, and Missy Mazzoli
Yevgeniya Zastavker, and Katie Butler, Daniel Daugherty, Duncan Hall, Andrew Holmes, Erica Lee, Scott Mackinlay, Apurva Raman, March Saper, Alexander Scott, Kimberly Winter, Rachel Yang, Jingyi Xu, with support from Olin College.

Vanessa Chang
Lindsey D. Felt

Recoding CripTech Partners
Thank you to Recoding CripTech community partners Leonardo/the International Society for Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), CODAME Art + Tech, Bay Area Arts Access Collective (BAAAC), and Not Impossible.

Recoding CripTech Sponsors
Recoding CripTech is made possible with the generous support of California Humanities for All Grant, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Wattis Foundation, Verizon Media, and Fleishhacker Foundation.

Image credit: Revel in Your Body, Kinetic Light, image courtesy of the artist.

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