Critical Design Lab

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In this episode, Aimi, Cassandra, and Jarah announce a new Critical Design Lab project: Crip Ritual. This project focuses on how disabled people use rituals to change daily life or broader structures.
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Contra* is a podcast about disability, design justice, and the lifeworld. Episodes feature interviews, analyses of the built environment, reviews, and more.
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The people most harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are often Black, Indigenous, and disabled. Many members of our communities have been lost because of ableism and racism. We remember them by trying to create a better world.
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In Episode seven, Critical Design Lab contributor Cassandra Hartblay and I speak to Marcel LaFlamme about how the concept of open access publishing relates to accessibility. This episode is the second in a two-part series about critical design and accessibility within or adjacent to academia.
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What is the history of disability-accessible design? And how does this history get written? In this episode of Contra*, I talk to historians Elizabeth Guffey and Bess Williamson about their books on this topic. We discuss new terms and theories of accessibility, other key scholars working in this area, and the archives that have been important for all of us as we investigate the influence of accessibility on U.S. culture and society.
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How are disabled artists, critics, and curators shaping the discourse about accessibility? In this episode of Contra*, I talk to Emily Watlington about her work as a curator of disability arts, thought, and practice, particularly around audio-visual media, captioning and description, and access labor.
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In Episode three, I talk to Critical Design Lab artist-in-residence Kevin Gotkin about practices of “crip nightlife” and accessible DJing, which he is developing as part of the DIY club scene in New York City.
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Cassandra Hartblay talks about disability arts, curation, and conferences with Eliza Chandler, Lindsay Fisher, and Sean Lee.
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Image description is a practice that is often associated with creating accessibility for blind people. While, according to some people, image descriptions are supposed to be objective accounts of what is happening in a photo or film, some disabled artists are using image descriptions to critique other forms of inaccessibility. On this episode of Contra*, I talk to hard-of-hearing artist Liza Sylvestre about her work, which draws on methods of image description and film captioning to critique popular films, and with them, the broader culture of audism, which assumes that everyone has equal access to hearing sound.
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In this first episode of the podcast, we talk to design researcher Sara Hendren, who teaches at Olin College of Engineering, about disability, critical design, and poetic creation.
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In Episode two, Vanderbilt graduate student and Critical Design Lab member Maggie Mang interviews Mimi Khuc about her curation and design of Open in Emergency, a special issue of the Asian American Literary Review focused on mental health.
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What is “queercrip fashion?” In this episode of Contra*, I talk to Sky Cubacub, a fashion designer known for their colorful lycra, mesh, and chain mail designs. We discuss Sky’s Rebirth Garments and Radical Visibility projects, as well as how specific materials shape their approach to design. And I talk a bit about my own sewing practice.

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