Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life

  1. Aging Vitalities is an exciting and heartening arts-based research and participatory action project led by TCAS Executive Committee Member Dr. Nadine Changfoot where Indigenous e/Elders and settler elders each direct and create their own short multimedia documentary. In this 4min video, you will meet Alice Olsen Williams (Anishnaabe name: Minaachimo-Kwe), Angela Connors, Mary Gordon, and Melodie McCullough who share their experiences of making each their own story. Drs. Changfoot and Sally Chivers led the filmmaking workshop and are also artist-facilitators with the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice team at the University of Guelph who provided artistic-technological-filmmaking support and production of the stories. All eleven films made were juried accepted and screened at ReFrame Film Festival 2020, a special occasion, it being the last in-person festival gathering since the pandemic. “Aging is desirable and prideful,” says Dr. Changfoot and she sees these videos inspiring the public imagination and vision for diverse aging, and provision of much needed resources that diverse aging deserves.

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  2. Intersectionality as Methodology and Practice (captioned).

    Hosted January 29th, 2021, by Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF), this panel, moderated by Claire Carter, University of Regina, includes the following three presentations:

    Mapping Critical Relations for Quality in Long-Term Care Research. Presented by Katie Aubrecht, St Francis Xavier University

    ‘Doing’ or ‘Using’ Intersectionality? Opportunities and Challenges in Incorporating Intersectionality into Empirical Health Research and Practice. Presented by Danielle Kasperavicius, Unity Health Toronto, and Christine Kelly, University of Manitoba

    Intersectionality through the Embodied and the Embedded: What Art Offers. Presented by Carla Rice, University of Guelph, Eliza Chandler, Ryerson University, and Nadine Changfoot, Trent University

    Description: The reach of intersectionality continues to grow and resonate in a variety of fields, raising theoretical methodological and practical issues. In short, how does one “do” intersectionality in ways that honour its history and social justice aims? Knapp (2005) calls intersectionality a “fast travelling” theory with shifting meanings and applications. For Knapp, intersectionality has been reified “into a formula merely to be mentioned, being largely stripped of the baggage of concretion, of context and history.” This formula does not necessarily lead to transformative politics, but “keeps the mantra going: mention differences – and continue doing what you’ve always done.” This panel shares papers from a range of research contexts, including research in long-term care, research in knowledge translation (a field that brings empirical health research evidence to health care practice), and mad, d/Deaf and disability art. The papers uncover issues and opportunities about how intersectionality can be used to transform research praxis and knowledge-creation, and also points where it becomes diluted into supporting business as usual.

    Captions and titles for this recording were produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, a project of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph. bodiesintranslation.ca

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  3. In this interactive performance, artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher considers how systemic colonial oppression intersects with her relationship to language as a learning disabled person.

    Finding Language was performed at the Cripping the Arts symposium in January 2019 in Toronto.

    This video was made in collaboration with Vanessa Dion Fletcher
    Video footage by Kavya Yoganathan and Hannah Fowlie
    Photography by Michelle Peek
    Editing by Marion Gruner of Billion Ideas
    Music by Ziibiwan
    Produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, a project of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice
    bodiesintranslation.ca

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  4. Constructed Identities, a major show of new work by Persimmon Blackbridge, uses mixed media wood carving with found objects to question how disability is framed as a fracturing of ordinary life rather than a normal, expected part of it. Her exploration of the figure begins in disability, but necessarily complicates itself as our embodied identities intersect and overlap.

    This short documentary captures both the 2019 exhibition at McMaster University and an interview with the artist in her home studio on Hornby Island, British Columbia.

    Constructed Identities was the opening exhibition of Tangled Art Gallery in 2015 and has been touring multiple Ontario cities since, most recently at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Tangled is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities and boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it.

    Blackbridge has worked as a sculptor, writer, curator, performer, fiction editor, cleaning lady and a very bad waitress. In this fully accessible exhibition, she uses hand-crafted wood figures, metal and found objects to confront and complicate notions of disability.

    Blackbridge has been awarded the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Prize, the VanCity Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the VIVA award for visual arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award. Her art has been shown across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia, Europe, and Hong Kong. She lives on Hornby Island in British Columbia.

    This video was filmed by Dale DeVost and Marion Gruner, edited by Marion Gruner of Billion Ideas and produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, a project of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice. bodiesintranslation.ca

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  5. Phantom, stills & vibrations is an immersive installation by Lara Kramer (Oji-Cree) of Lara Kramer Danse. This 2018 short documentary captures both the installation and an interview with the artist.

    Phantom, stills & vibrations creates an intimacy with the north (Lac Seul, ON) and confronts the brutal and complex relationships between Indigenous peoples and Settler society. For this performance and sound installation, created in collaboration with Stefan Petersen, Kramer draws the spectator into an immersive experience of the former Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, where three generations of Lara Kramer's family attended.

    Lara Kramer was the 2017-18 Trent University Ashley Fellow Artist In Residence. The two-week residency saw Kramer present Phantom, stills and vibrations at Artspace as well as a series of free workshops, teachings and lectures that were open to all members of the public.

    This video was produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, a project of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice. bodiesintranslation.com

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These videos were produced as part of Bodies in Translation. Bodies in Translation is a multidisciplinary, university-community research project that cultivates and researches the art and activism of disability, Deaf, Mad, fat, aging & e/Elder communities from decolonizing and disability-led perspectives. We We believe that art holds the power to represent communities as artistic, creative, political, and full of vitality.

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