Collective Text: Thinking of captioning an artist film?

Thinking of captioning an artist film? is a resource for artists and organisations committed to centring Deaf and disabled audiences, and to striving towards disability justice in filmmaking. Collective Text is a leading organisation in the sector for captioning and audio-description. In place of a how to guide, their intervention is a call to action, a call to think differently and accessibly about captioning in film-making. Caption Conscious Ecology commissioned Collective Text to respond to several prompts, which the worker collective then considered together through numerous conversations. Their provocation brings together knowledge and research that will take artists and organisations through the process of embedding captioning into film-making practices.

Thinking of captioning an artist film? is available as both a downloadable pdf and ePublication from Nottingham Contemporary's website and was commissioned as part of Caption Conscious Ecology, a programme of events and commissions that advocate for the role of captioning in the production and display of moving-image work.

Beginning in 2021 with online talks and workshops that brought scholars from D/deaf Studies and Critical Disability Studies together with artists and access workers, our initial events prompted conversation on the history, function, practical provision, and creative potentiality of captioning.

Caption-Conscious Ecology is co-organised by Nottingham Contemporary, Hannah Wallis and Sarah Hayden/Voices in the Gallery with funding from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) in 2021 and an Art Fund Reimagine Grant from 2022-2024.

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You can access recordings of previous events via the Caption-Conscious Ecology programme page by clicking here.

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