Talk: Access and Abundance

The series logo: the words Caption-Conscious Ecology spread across 3 sides of a square, inside square brackets
The series logo: the words Caption-Conscious Ecology spread across 3 sides of a square, inside square brackets


Join us for a live, online talk and screening exploring captioning abundance and access with scholar, artist and activist, Louise Hickman and Disability Studies scholar, Tanya Titchkosky.

In this event, Tanya Titchkosky considers access as a language that puts us into a living relation with how we sense each other and our communities, making contours and edges of belonging. Louise Hickman adopts a performative approach in tracing the shifting tensions between the abundances and demands of creating accessible spaces. Their talks will be followed by a screening and live audio description of Captioning on Captioning, a short-film by Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan.

This event is part of Caption Conscious Ecology, a series of talks and workshops advocating for the role of captioning in the production and display of moving-image work. Bringing scholars from D/deaf Studies and Critical Disability Studies together with artists and access workers, this series prompts conversations on the history, function, practical provision, and creative potentiality of captioning. It invites artists and arts organisers to explore how and why to embed captioning in artistic and curatorial practice.

Organised by Nottingham Contemporary and Voices in the Gallery.


6.30-7pm: Tanya Titchkosky
7-7.20pm: Louise Hickman
7.20-7.30pm: Screening of Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan, Captioning on Captioning, 2020.
7.35-8.30pm: Dialogue

Chair: Sarah Hayden

About the event

Online. Free. Live Stream.
You can access this event through this webpage and on the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel.
There will be live captioning for this event.
A transcript will be available for download on this webpage afterwards.
A captioned video will be available via the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel and Voices in the Gallery website after the event.
There will be British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
The duration of the event is 2 hours. A rest break is included.

Louise Hickman is an activist and scholar of communication and uses ethnographic, archival, and theoretical approaches to consider how access is produced for disabled and deaf people. Her current project focuses particularly on access produced by real-time stenographers and transcriptive technologies in educational settings. She uses an interdisciplinary lens drawing on feminist theory, critical disability studies, and science and technology studies to consider the historical conditions of access work, and the ways access is co-produced through human (and primarily female) labour, technological systems, and economic models and conditions. Louise is a Research Associate at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy hosted at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. Louise is also a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently working on her first manuscript: “Crip AI/The Automation of Access.”

Dr. Tanya Titchkosky is Professor in Social Justice Education at OISE at the University of Toronto, teaching and writing in the area of disability studies for more than 20 years. Some of her books include Disability, Self, and Society (2003), as well as, Reading and Writing Disability Differently (2007) and The Question of Access: Disability, Space, Meaning (2011). Tanya works from the position that whatever else disability is, it is tied up with the human imagination steeped in mostly unexamined conceptions of “normalcy.” This disability studies research and teaching orientation, relies on other critical approaches to inquiry that question the grounds of Western ways of knowing, such as phenomenology influenced by Black, Queer, and Indigenous Studies. By grappling with the act of interpretation, Tanya hopes to reveal the restricted imaginaries that surround our lives in and with disability. With co-editors, she has a new reader coming out in 2022 titled DisAppearing: Encounters in Disability Studies.

Sarah Hayden is currently writing a book about voice in video and thinking about voice and access in art. Recent publications include essays on Jenny Brady for LUX, Christopher Kulendran Thomas for Cultural Politics, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa for LUX, Zeroing In for Holt/Smithson Foundation, liquid voice and sensorial sovereignty for b2o: boundary2 online, and a trio of experimental lectures on Teacher Voices for SpamPlaza. She is author of Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood (2018), and co-author with Paul Hegarty, of Peter Roehr–Field Pulsations (2018). In 2019 and 2021, she was awarded AHRC Innovation Fellowships to lead “Voices in the Gallery”, a 4-year research, curating, writing and commissioning project, in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and John Hansard Gallery. Sarah is Associate Professor of Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Southampton.

Voices in the Gallery is a research project on voice and access in art, led by Sarah Hayden and funded by an AHRC Innovation Fellowship.

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