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Fall 2013


Vegans, Freaks and Animals: Cripping Animal Ethics through Art and Scholarship

Talk by Sunaura Taylor (NYU)

Thursday, December 5
5-7 p.m.
726 Broadway, Room 542
cripping animal Please join us for an artist talk by Sunaura Taylor. Through painting, printmaking, writing and other forms of political and artistic engagement Taylor's work intervenes with dominant historical narratives of disability and animal oppression. Taylor examines the points of intersection between disability studies and animal ethics and asks how art and creative research can open up new avenues of solidarity across species and ability.

BIO Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer and activist. Taylor's artworks have been exhibited at venues across the country, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Berkeley Art Museum. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and an Animals and Culture Grant. Her written work has been printed in various edited collections as well as in publications such as the Monthly Review, Yes! Magazine, American Quarterly and Qui Parle. Taylor worked with philosopher Judith Butler on Astra Taylor's film Examined Life (Zeitgeist 2008). Taylor holds an MFA in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book Beasts of Burden, which explores the intersections of animal ethics and disability studies, is forthcoming from the Feminist Press. She is currently a PhD student in American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU.


Writing Workshop with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarashina

Sponsored by the Disability Studies & Disabilities Community Club and the LGBTQ Center
Co-sponsored by the NYU Council for the Study of Disability

October 22
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Kimmel Center rm 903

Frida and Harriet's Children: A Writing Workshop for Two Spirit, Queer and Trans People With Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses

Writing Workshop Flyer As queer/trans people with disabilities and chronic illnesss, we come from a fierce lineage of badass sick and disabled warrior healers, writers and resisters. And we are those warriors- at our fiercest, and our most fiercely vulnerable. What do our bodies and lives have to say? What do we have to offer to our communities and movements that nobody else can? What are we creating and leaving for sick and disabled queer folks of color to be? In this workshop, come have a mind-blowingly amazing time writing and sharing stories with other disabled and chronically ill queer and trans people of color and Two Spirit folks. We will also read and share some awesome writing by other disabled queer/trans POC and Two Spirit writers. A note: Wondering if you're disabled? I define disability broadly to include people with physical disabilities, people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, people who are chronically ill, people who are neurodiverse/ autistic, and people who identify as a psychiatric survivor/having mental health issues.

Bio: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan cis femme writer, performer and organizer. The author of the Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities her work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Sister, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don't Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World. With Cherry Galette, she co-founded Mangos With Chili, North America's performance incubator for Two Spirit, queer and trans people of color performance artists, and is a lead artist with Sins Invalid, the Bay Area-based performance incubator on disability and sexuality. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press' “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future" and she is one of the the 2013 Autostraddle Alternative Hot 105. She has taught, performed and lectured across North America, Sri Lanka and Australia. She studied poetry with Suheir Hammad and creative nonfiction with Elmaz Abinadar at Voices of Our Nations, a writers of color residency. Her first memoir, Dirty River, will be published by Deviant Type Press in winter 2013. She is also completing her third book of poetry, Bodymap, and a writer's manual, Writing the World, to be published by AK Press in 2014. Photo credit Jah Grey.


Jason DaSilva : When I Walk

2013 | 85 minutes | U.S., India, Director in Attendance

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Copresented by New York University's Council for the Study of Disability

When I Walk Flyer Sunday, October 20, 2013
4 ~ 6 pm


Linder Theater, American Museum of Natural History
79th and Central Park West

Seven years and 3,600 hours of footage after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Jason DaSilva brings an intimate portrait of his own physical decline to the big screen with When I Walk. In a culture where disability is often simplified into a character trait—he is disabled, she is disabled—When I Walk asks about disability as a process. When do you become disabled in your journey from able-bodied? What are the pivotal moments indicating your life will never be as it once was? DaSilva's story elegantly and tragically unfolds with the camera pointed ever inward. Harrowing but optimistic, his story reminds us of the beauty of fleeting moments, the importance of silliness, and the indomitable spirit of humanity.

When I Walk is my personal journey, filming myself transforming from able-bodied to disabled over seven years. Obviously, the main reason why I started this project was to document my progression. When I first started this journey, I found there to be a deficit in films that explored the social model of disability. Most often, media around disability is created under the guise of the more traditional medical model. As an artist and media practitioner, I felt it important to honestly portray my thoughts and emotions, and not only the physical transformation. - Jason DaSilva | Director, When I Walk


Darrin Martin : Video Shorts

Screening and Conversation with The Artist
Sponsored by the Council for the Study of Disability at New York University

Darrin Martin Video Shorts Flyer Friday, September 6, 2013
2 ~ 3:30 pm


Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
East Building Room 712
Photo ID required to enter building.

Moderated by Mara Mills (Media, Culture, and Communication)

Artist Bio:
Darrin Martin is an artist and†educator. He is currently†Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the interdisciplinary Art Studio program at the University of California at Davis. Through video, sculpture, and installation, his work engages with notions of†perception and synesthesia as†ways to examine the limits of certainty.†Martin explores tactility, architecture,†sonic analogies, and†audio descriptions as methods to unearth an array of subjective interpretations. His videos have screened internationally at festivals and art institutions, such as New York's Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archives, Impakt Festival, European Media Art Festival, and SF Camerawork. His installations have exhibited at venues including The Kitchen in New York and most recently at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, CA and at The Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento.
http://www.darrinmartin.com/