Disability, Digital and (im)mobilisation

WED 13 MAY 2020
7 - 8:30PM


About the Event

Hosted by Joe Turnbull, arts critic and Assistant Editor of Disability Arts Online, a panel of disabled and non-disabled artists and researchers discuss what stillness and mobility mean in a hyperconnected society.

It takes mere seconds for a message to travel from one side of the world to the other. High speed communications networks have reduced distance; people are able to socialise between places, our computer screens and devices acting as portals in which conversation is not limited to those who can physically access a space.

Paul Virilio’s seminal text Open Sky predicted that digital technology, and in particular digital communications, would render us static. No longer needing to move in order to access information, friends, workplaces, physical destinations, he hypothesised that our future selves would be in a sense immobile.

Join us to explore how these perspectives meet in the context of disability and human rights.

event postponed

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Autograph is temporarily closing until further notice.

Our exhibitions and events are postponed, but we look forward to welcoming you back later in the year.

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Can we be more free and more mobile in our immediate social networks whilst also experiencing greater isolation and alienation from the world around us?

As digital technology increases accessibility, does it also paradoxically create new limitations and barriers via continuous data monitoring and tracking?

The worlds of science and big tech which create these new tools are not known for their diversity – where is the disability perspective in the development and social impact of new technology?

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Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had

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Joe Turnbull

Joe Turnbull is Assistant Editor of Disability Arts Online. As an arts critic and journalist, he has written for the Guardian, Apollo Magazine, Frieze, a-n News, The Stage, this is tomorrow, and Garageland.

He was previously Politics Editor at the Inky Needles publishing group and Publications Editor for Art Map London. In 2011 he helped establish Novel, an arts and culture magazine based in his native North East. @J_Y_Turnbull


Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC) is an artist and essayist exploring surveillance, social relations within digital space and how power operates online.

Her recent work has featured in The Wrong Bienniale, Strangelove Time-Based Media Festival, Cryptic Nights, Radiophrenia and Digital Mental Health conference. @Cell_less cell-less.com

Matilda Ibini

Matilda Ibini is a self-described ‘bionic playwright and screenwriter’ and previous Graeae Theatre Artist-in-Residence.

Matilda’s forthcoming play A.I.D.A.N. is about a woman who is assigned a robot carer, exploring the human motivations and unconscious biases of the creators of technology. @AstroMinx

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Accessible, unisex toilets are located on all floors.

If you have any access needs you would like us to know about, you can note this when you book a ticket, or contact us to discuss your visit.

Carers receive a free ticket, when they accompany the person they care for. 

Click here to download Autograph's detailed Access Guide, with photographs of the building

Have any questions? We would love to hear from you, contact us at 020 7729 9200 or email info@autograph-abp.co.uk

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This event will take place in the ground floor gallery, and will be seated. Seating is not reserved in advance. The chairs will have backs, but no arms. If you would like a chair with arms, or to reserve seating to assist with audio, visual, or any other access needs, please let us know when you book a ticket.

If you would like a social narrative or sensory map for this event, we are happy to create this for you. 

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Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Images, from top: 1) Image by Kin. 2) Sharif Persaud, film still from The Mask, 2017.3 mins 46 seconds. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 6) Main entrance to Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.