Disruptions 04: Shannon Finnegan: A Completely Customized World Where Everything Is Just How I Like and Need It

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When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
Location: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (355 Cooper St.)

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) invites you to a talk by Brooklyn-based artist and activist Shannon Finnegan: “A Completely Customized World Where Everything Is Just How I Like and Need It.” The talk will take place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC), located at 355 Cooper Street in downtown Ottawa.

This is the fourth event in CUAG’s “Disruptions: Dialogues on Disability Art” series, curated by Michael Orsini to generate dialogue about contemporary art as a force for challenging ableism. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

Shannon will discuss her evolving relationship to access and protest as an artist, speaking to why the accessibility of her work is important, as an integral part of the creative process rather than as an afterthought. Together, we’ll learn about how she responds to inaccessibility through her work and how that has the potential to push organizations and institutions to improve their access practices.

Inspired by Shannon’s project Museum Benches, we invite you to design your own audience space. We’ll provide chairs, pillows, mats and other materials (though you’re welcome to bring your own) so that everyone can collaboratively create their ideal way to experience Shannon’s talk.

This event is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, School for Studies in Art and Culture, READ Initiative, Carleton Disability Awareness Centre, Graduate Students Association and Carleton University Students Association.

Shannon Finnegan is a multidisciplinary artist making work about disability culture and accessibility. She has done projects with Friends of the High Line, Banff Centre, The Invisible Dog and the Wassaic Project. She has spoken at the Brooklyn Museum, School for Poetic Computation, The 8th Floor and The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. In 2018, she received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam.

Michael Orsini is Professor in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is co-editor (with Christine Kelly) of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (UBC Press, 2016). He is currently part of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Partnership Grant, “Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life,” which explores how activist art can be mobilized to promote social justice and an appreciation for diverse minds and bodies.

CDCC is a fully accessible space, with an elevator and barrier-free washrooms. ASL interpretation will be provided. Service animals are welcome. Please help us make this a scent-free environment.

Disability accommodations
Should you have any disability-related requirements, please contact Victoria by Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at victoria.mcglinchey@carleton.ca or (613) 520-2600, ext. 2929.

Directions to CDCC
CDCC is located at 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa and is easily accessed by public transit. Travel to and from Carleton University via OC Transpo #7 St-Laurent–Carleton. The parking lot and main entrance are on the Lisgar Street side of the building. Use 290 Lisgar Street for the address to enter in your GPS or map app.

Para Transpo drop-off entrance: 355 Cooper Street. There are two accessible entrances with ramps at the building. One is located at 355 Cooper Street, on the south side of the building, and the second is located at 290 Lisgar Street parking lot, on the north side of the building.

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