New Channels of Access

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Open captions  / Two films from this program include audio descriptions

New Channels of Access gathers together short videos by Carolyn Lazard, Leroy Moore Jr., Sharon Snyder, David Mitchell, Liza Sylvestre, Joseph Grigely, Christine Sun Kim, and Thomas Mader to explore the last three decades of creative struggles and expressions within disability culture and politics. Through a variety of means and perspectives, these works expand and complicate systems of communication, particularly in regard to film and video, while examining the practices (and systemic failings) of accessibility and accommodations. This program is organized in the spirit of Mitchell and Snyder’s insistence that disability subjectivities “are not just characterized by socially imposed restrictions, but productively create new forms of embodied knowledge and collective consciousness.”

Presented as part of This Set of Actions is a Mirror, multipart look at expressions of disability culture and politics in artists’ moving images.

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Streaming February 25–March 3

Panel discussion with Dustin Gibson, Robert McRuer, Liza Sylvestre, and Minh Nguyen

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. CT

This event will have live captions and ASL interpretation.

In Classified Digits (2016), Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader playfully devise sign language expressions for modern-day scenarios like Skyping with spotty Wi-Fi or giving the side-eye at the grocery store.

[Image: An Asian woman, the artist Christine Sun Kim, who has short black hair, circular glasses, red lipstick and a white button up shirt stands in front of a solid tan backdrop. Her arms are tucked behind her and emerging from between her arms and torso are arms that belong to the artist Thomas Mader. His arms are crossed in front of Christine’s chest. Covering and obscuring the whole image is large white text that reads “TWO PERSONS SKYPING WITH SPOTTY WIFI.”]

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    American Sign Language, English
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  • Filmmaker
    Christine Sun Kim, Thomas Mader
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    Christine Sun Kim, Thomas Mader