POSTPONED: Power, Presence and Radical Accessibility: An Unconference



Power, Presence and Radical Accessibility

An unconference hosted by Arjun Harrison-Mann

The NewBridge Project, Gateshead


As part of their Practice makes Practice Residency, artist duo Abel Shah have invited several guests to run events on topics that relate to their enquiry. Arjun Harrison-Mann is their first guest.

In this 2 hour unconference, Arjun will be delivering a series of unsequential provocations pulling from his ongoing practice-based research into the design of dissent, the accessibility of protest and the role of the Social Model of Disability in creative practice, as a starting base for wider discussion.

Grounded in his work with activist group, Disabled People Against Cuts, and collaborator Benjamin Redgrove, conversations could be had around the subversion of existing support technologies, the reappropriation of the proxy, the reframing of the relationship between power and presence and the ethical implications of allyship in academic and creative practice.

Using the unconference as a process for horizontal dialogue, the topics of discussion will be decided by the collective. So participants are encouraged to bring with them their own provocations and references to be potentially discussed should they wish.

Arjun Harrison-Mann is a London-based designer, activist and advocate for dialogue, whose practice proposes the role of dialogical design in Post-Visual Communication. Having studied MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, Arjun is also co-founder of Studio Hyte and takes part in multiple lectures, debates and workshops. Through both his collaborative and individual practice, he is keen to explore alternative methods of engagement, where both the subject matter and participant are considered in equal measure.

Often driven by the causes closest to his heart, Arjun’s practice currently engages in the ongoing Disability Benefit Cuts that are taking place in the UK, in which the British government have been found guilty of ‘grave or systematic violations’ of disabled peoples human rights by the United Nations. Through engaging in this subject via the framework of dialogical design, Arjun is currently creating work that responds to the disability benefit distribution system implemented by tech giants Atos & Capita and along with Benjamin Redgrove is collaborating with DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) in order to create tools to facilitate alternative protest for deaf and disabled people.

Location: The NewBridge Project : Gateshead, 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ

The Newbridge Project