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.
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?
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 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
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