Leonardo 57.2 Criptech & the Art of Access Special Issue Launch Event | Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

Leonardo 57.2 Criptech & the Art of Access Special Issue Launch Event

Celebrate a very special issue of Leonardo focused on Criptech & The Art of Access! Join us for contributing artist talks, a roundtable discussion, and remarks from our guest editors.

Graphic promoting Leonardo special issue launch event, at right the graphic features an artwork of a concrete block with text on top against a mauve background encased in a black frame. It also includes information about date/time, volume, issue, and Leonardo logo.

Image credit: Itziar Barrio,Artefact II, 2023, custom circuit board, concrete, epoxy, and Laura Forlano’s text, 34 x 34 x 7.5 cm (13.375 x 13.375 x 3 in). (Photo: EtienneFrossard.)

Date: April 26, 2024 Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time Location: Virtual via Zoom (Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrc-mgqTIpEt2oVwsZZJV24gxVUW41qYLU)

This event celebrates the launch of the Leonardo special issue, “Criptech and the art of access.” 

Crip Technoscience, or CripTech for short, takes root in crip theory, a field of research invested in re-centering the skills and knowledge disabled people cultivate to remake inaccessible worlds. In recent years, scholars, activists, and arts practitioners have demonstrated the power of “aesthetic access” or “creative access” in museums, curated exhibitions, and arts spaces, reimagining what access can be when it transcends basic accommodation or regulatory compliance. From participatory audio description that offers multiple renditions of a single work, to poetic reinterpretations of captions and access doulas for remote gatherings, there has been an exciting paradigm shift that translates to new sensory possibilities for how visitors can engage with the arts. Despite their multimodal capacities, many media and science-based art and art-making tools such as VR, AR, digital games, and biotechnology remain inaccessible and have yet to benefit from this critical attention. 

This collection draws together emerging scholarship in crip technoscience with artistic practices that expand the creative horizon of accessibility. It asks: What does it mean to crip art, science, and technology knowledge and praxis? How can we build in access as a creative or design principle in digital art and art-making tools? What new possibilities for creating, producing, experiencing media and science-based or tech-enabled art might emerge from disabled artists’ knowledge and practices? What new frameworks emerge for art, science, and technology when we center access institutionally?

Moderated by special issue editors Lindsey D. Felt and Vanessa Chang, this roundtable discussion gathers contributors Laura Forlano, Marina Tsaplina, Ysolde Stienon, Aminder Virdee, Erika Jean Lincoln and Darrin Martin to explore these questions. 

ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided. This event will be recorded for archival purposes.  

Please contact criptech@leonardo.info for additional info or access requests.

Register HERE.

The March newsletter featured Eco-Crip: Cybotanical Futures (2021-22)' by Aminder Virdee. Photography of Postgraduate exhibition at Central Saint Martins by Younkok Choi, within a graphic promoting an upcoming Leonardo event. Leonardo/ISAST sincerely apologizes for omitting the respective artistic credits for this piece.

April 26th, 2024 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM