I have been kindly invited by the Emergency INDEX team, a group of collaborators working to index performances on an annual basis, to expand the presence of disability and related themes into the Index’s repertoire of documented performances. As a contributing editor for this upcoming edition, I am working towards increasing the visibility of artworks produced both by disabled artists and works that are generated around themes of disability within this particular anthology.
I own both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Emergency Index anthologies – it is an impressive compendium of works. I greatly encourage all members to submit works for their upcoming edition. Please share this opportunity widely to ensure that the Index represents a diverse range of work. Please feel free to contact me for further information for this exciting opportunity.
Please note that the deadline for submissions of performance work closes on January 15th, 2014. Share widely and apply today! Further information is stated below:
Emergency Index is an annual 500+ page volume documenting hundreds of performance works from all over the world and from genres as diverse as dance, game studies, visual art, music, poetry, activism, advertising, medical and scientific research, philosophy, theater, translation, therapy, data visualization, disability studies, community art and many more. Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors (artists, researchers, advertisers, activists, etc.) to document performances they made in the previous year, and asks them to document the work in their own words. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX is the only print publication of its kind, revealing a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance as it actually exists today. Submissions are now open for the third volume, documenting works made in 2013. Look at the website for examples from previous volumes and for information on how to submit: www.emergencyindex.com. The deadline is January 15th, 2014. We especially welcome submissions from genres outside performance art and theater/dance.
Contact me for information regarding access to the Emergency INDEX website.
In Mullins 2009 TED talk, she said: ‘The conversation with society has changed profoundly in the last decade. It is no longer a conversation about overcoming deficiency. It’s a conversation about augmentation; it’s a conversation about potential. A prosthetic limb does not represent the need to replace the loss anymore. It can stand as a symbol that the wearer has the power to recreate whatever it is and they want to create in that space, so that people society once considered to be disabled can now become architects of their own identities.’
The one simple question I ask, who has access to this?
Pair of artificial legs for a child (red shoes) Leather sockets at the hip and buttock of this prosthesis are open-ended to allow the natural feet to be free. The feet could then control valves that operated a set of artificial arms. The carbon dioxide cylinder that powered the upper limbs can be seen in the left leg.
Another post written by myself for Where’s the Benefits website, in depth analysis of ‘Past Caring’ report by We Are Spartacus.