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CRIPTECH METAVERSE LAB

VR, AR, and spatial audio present significant access frictions and barriers for disabled users and creators. This lab, a collaboration between Leonardo CripTech Incubator and Gray Area, gathers 10 disabled creatives to collectively experience immersive artworks and generate participatory aesthetic access. Convening from 17-19 February in the San Francisco Bay Area, the lab will imagine new creative pathways for experiencing metaverse artworks amongst participants and future audiences. The findings from this research lab will be shared via the publication of a white paper in Leonardo journal, an online research archive, and culminate in a series of talks, performances, and exhibitions for the 2023 Gray Area Festival in late September. 


These convenings will be facilitated by Frank Mondelli and Jennifer Justice, access doula Claudia Alick, as well as our teams at Leonardo/ISAST and Gray Area.

Cohort 2022-2023

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Isla vista

Panteha sits, facing to the left of the camera, wearing a beige fabric mask that covers their entire head. From beneath, blonde braids peel through.

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Oakland

Image of person with brown skin against a sunlight white wall. The person has large glasses, nose piercings and two necklaces.

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Oakland

Image of person with brown skin against a sunlight white wall. The person has large glasses, nose piercings and two necklaces.

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Los Angeles

Nat, a white non-binary person with dark brown long hair and step bangs, sits on an electric scooter holding their redish brown cat. They have a pink lip, and are wearing a white silky shirt with a birght orange corset on top, and zebra pattern jeans. Beh

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Brooklyn/Montreal

Meesh in black and white with a white background. They are looking to the side, wearing a striped long sleeve shirt, and have big curly hair.

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San Francisco

Mr Hunter, A Black and Indigenous person with dark chocolate skin from his mother. He has almond shaped eyes with long lashes. He has long black dreadlocks tied in a low braid and a full beard. Antoine is wearing a brown top and smiling.

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North Brentwood

White woman, blue shirt, with shoulder length blonde hair, gentle smile.

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San Francisco

Human face fragmented and viewed through a prism

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Berwyn

A white man with neglected sandy blond hair and a red and grey beard. He has blue eyeshot are trying to make eye contact with you. He is partially smiling with his mouth closed. He has dimples. His mother says he looks like Beau Bridges.

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Baltimore
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Davis

Image Description: Iris, a light skinned Asian person with long, wavy black hair and gold and black rimmed hexagonal glasses, is smiling directly at the camera. They are wearing a deep v neck light-medium gray t-shirt

This program is made possible with the generous support from the following: