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supporting publics
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supporting publics

I’ve been reading Shannon Jackson’s Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, a much needed discussion of social arts practice, new genre public arts, or whatever you want to call such hybrid forms of expressive work. One of Jackson’s big claims is for works that do something other than disrupt institutions, commonly accepted practices, the status quo—when notions of support, … Continue reading

play, criticality, access
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play, criticality, access

I’ll be at the University of Toronto next Monday night, speaking on The Edited City: Criticality, Access, Play. The history of science, skateboarding culture, the politics of amateurship, and the future of universal design. I’d love to see you there! I’m also looking forward to visits with Ryerson’s EDGE Lab and OCAD’s Inclusive Design Research … Continue reading

walking social
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walking social

The Firefly Upsee is a walking baby carrier, designed to give the experience of ambulation to children who have motor delays or mobility restrictions. It brings the child upright, anchored closely to a caregiver, while also leaving her hands free to explore and play. The design is a collaboration between Debby Elnatan, the Israeli mother of a … Continue reading

getting up
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getting up

Tomorrow night, I’ll be a panelist for a screening and discussion of Getting Up, one of the films being shown at the ReelAbilities festival here in Boston. The film covers the story of Tempt One, a graffiti artist in LA who is diagnosed with ALS; he goes on to co-develop The Eyewriter technology. This project … Continue reading