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19 May 2020

Accessibility in Curating - Online course by Node Center

Image: Body Farm, Valentin Brown. 2019. Michelle Peek Photography courtesy of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology & Access to Life, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph

Accessibility in Curating: a Framework
Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin


Duration: June 9 - 30, 2020 Enrol before: June 5, 2020 Lecturer: Sean Lee Participation fee: 154 euros


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Wrangelstr. 5
10997 Berlin

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'Accessibility in Curating: a Framework'
Online course by Node Center

In support of our community and art professionals during the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our courses. Discount code: #stayathome


Exploring the notion of disability arts as the 'last avant-garde' movement, as coined by Turner Prize-nominated artist Yinka Shonibare, this course considers how the inclusion of disability arts 'crips' or productively disrupts, arts and culture. Through a series of case studies and on the ground explorations that interrogate access and disability culture, we will explore how this movement is giving rise to new curatorial practices that are shaping new and exciting standards of artistic excellence.

Over four weeks, curators and arts programmers will learn standards and strategies for ensuring that their projects are accessible. Further, we will go beyond accessibility strategies to discover the subversive, innovative and exciting possibilities that accessible curatorial practice gives rise to.

*Video conferences every Tuesday at 7pm CEST. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

-Duration: June 9 - 30, 2020
-Enrol before: June 5, 2020
-Lecturer: Sean Lee
-Participation fee: 154 euros




Week 1: Disability Rights and Justice – A Brief Overview

Social vs Medical Model of Disability
Dominant narratives of disability
Community and disability
Politics of disability
Disability Justice and Accessibility

Learning objects: To explore how disability is as much a socially constructed phenomenon as a biological one and understand why it is important to begin the study of disability from the perspective of disabled people themselves

Week 2: Accessible Curatorial Practices

Curatorial approaches to access
Tangled Accessibility Toolkit and resources
Standards, case studies and implementation
Working within institutions

Learning objectives: To understand that accessibility is always in flux, recognizing the difference between access standards and accessibility activism

Week 3: Cultivating Disability Culture

Disability Aesthetics
Arts Funding and budgeting
Outreach and audience cultivation

Learning objectives: To recognize the places that disability aesthetics have been co-opted in art history, building out timelines, working with disabled artists and audience members, as well as the exciting possibilities of accessible aesthetics and the ethics of access.

Week 4: Cripping the Arts

Disabled Artists
Disability Futurity
Reclaiming community through art

Learning objectives: To identify the connection between art, politics, power and oppression, recognizing the vibrancy of disability art and how access can impact us all.