Access/Points: Approaches to Disability Arts
Part 1: Let's Keep in Touch Youth Workshop
Sunday, November 12th, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm
Venue: Queens Museum
Let’s Keep in Touch (LKiT) is a multifaceted collaborative project which investigates tactility in the context of art via community dialogue, embodied learning, and the development of new critical practices and methodologies. Produced by Carmen Papalia and Whitney Mashburn in 2016, the project aims to set a precedent for tactile engagement and haptic criticism to become viable practices within contemporary art.
Offering a perspective that is traditionally underrepresented in art scholarship, youth participants are at the center of knowledge production in this iteration of LKiT. This November, artist Carmen Papalia and curator Whitney Mashburn will lead a series of workshops with students at various schools in New York City. Together with the youth, they will explore the topics of social accessibility and haptic criticism in relation to a collection of student-chosen belongings that hold significance to those involved. Considering non-visual and embodied approaches to learning, the group will assess the collection for tactile taxonomy and vocabulary while employing the critical methodology that Georgina Kleege, Lecturer in English at the University of California at Berkeley and author of “Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller” (2006) and “Sight Unseen” (1999) - describes in her writings on tactility and museology.
The insights from this collaboration will culminate in a public presentation curated by Mashburn at the CUE Foundation in February 2018; in which objects used in the workshops will be on display alongside process documentation and youth-authored interpretation.