December 9, 2019
Friday, January 24– Tuesday, February 25, 2020
SOMArts 934 Brannan St.
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.
By cripping the camera’s gaze, Todd Herman asks us to reevaluate how we look at others. Spanning organic and virtual prostheses, M Eifler and Sandie Yi make visible the private, and intimate lives of disability that intertwine care and memory. Jennifer Justice reveals built space as a technological incarnation of access and privilege, inviting us to reorient our relationship to these spaces. Sara Hendren, Alice Sheppard, and TEMPT ONE recreate urban spaces and movement through unexpected mediums. Darrin Martin and Allison Leigh Holt formulate a crip eco-consciousness that situates prosthetic technologies in natural environments and landscapes, and Sonia Soberats and Pete Eckert redefine the relationship of sight, touch, perception and the image. Together, these artists inscribe new movements and navigations through private, public, virtual, and natural spaces and places.
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.
SOMArts Cultural Center is a low scent environment with wheelchair access to the Main Gallery, bathrooms, and Bay Gallery/stage. SOMArts does not have automatic doors at its Main Entrance. Two accessible parking spots are available on-site during regular gallery hours and most events, except when signs are posted and the back area lot is being used for artistic programming.
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M Eifler aka BlinkPopShift & Steve Sedlmayr
Allison Leigh Holt
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.
Lindsey D. Felt
Image credit: Re-fuse Skin Set from Crip Couture collection, Chunshan (Sandie) Yi, Image courtesy of the artist.