Guest speaker at UNIARTS Stockholm, on dis/ability and the arts

17 January 2018

I will be visiting UNIARTS, Stockholm University of the Arts, from 17 to 19 January. I will give a lecture, entitled 'Beauty is a verb: dis/ability and multisensory experience in the arts', on Wed. January 17th at 7pm (click here for the exact location). On Fri. January 19th, I will be Anne Juren''s opponent during her 50% PhD seminar. During this seminar, Anne is going to present her fascinating dance project 'Anatomie', which reimagines the boundaries of the human body.

Guest lecturer in Graz (Austria)

05 June 2018

Together with Florian Grond, I am going to teach an MA seminar at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria) from 5-22 June. This course, ‘Sonic boundary objects: Approaching the style of blind navigation through sound recording and literature’, is meant to further develop the research method which Dr Grond and I proposed in a recent article.

Multimedia Event: 'Ethnography, Dance, and Media of Embodiments' in Graz (Austria)

13 June 2018

Together with sonic interaction designer Florian Grond and choreographer and performer Anne Juren, I will offer new approaches to blind (auto)-ethnographies. Combining an interactive dance performance with a verbal presentation on binaural recordings, we will critically explore art and media practices that allow us to approach perceptions and perspectives of blind experiences. Organised by the Center for Intermediality Studies in Graz (CIMIG), and hosted by Grazer Kunstverein. All are welcome to attend. The event starts at 7pm. Please visit the Grazer Kunstverein website for more practical information.

Exploring the ‘lower’ senses in Surrealism and disability aesthetics, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

12 October 2018

Please and come enjoy Amy Toner's multisensory dance performance as well as several lectures exploring the 'lower' senses. In my own talk, I will interconnect the experiments of the historical avant-garde with the contemporary interest in disability aesthetics. I will more particularly focus on the Surrealist exhibit from 1938, full of exotic fragrances and disorienting haptics, and on Eline van Ark’s The Invisible Dancer from 2015, in which the blind(folded) audience was invited to listen to dance. These two case studies will allow me to demonstrate the richness and potential pitfalls of such experiments. Check the full evening's program and buy your tickets at the museum website.