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Kristin Nelson – Day 4

October 21, 2010

After a long day at work, Kristin wasn’t up to assembling the bench, so we decided instead to leave it at aceartinc., possibly with a little note, welcoming assistance from anyone willing who happened to have some basic woodworking skills.

This session started in evening, and with more people joining us, we decided to move forward with a more typical session such as the ones that had been occurring earlier in the SUSO project. However, rather than go into detail about her artistic practice, Kristin chose to introduce the participants to the range of projects that had emerged over the course of the past few days, including an idea she was starting to consider independently as a result of the dialogue that had taken place.

Topics of conversation were varied, but in some cases returned to issues that had been present through, including:

  • action on accessibility: how do cities and other types of organizations get facilities up to date?
  • building codes as both helpful and difficult with respect to increased renovation and/or building costs, especially retrofitting old spaces.
  • power: who has it, from whom it is being withheld, an how?
  • chance, struggle, overcoming adversity and varying degrees of need for support

As the session progressed, we decided to put our heads together to help create the lottery card inspired project Kristin mentioned earlier in the session. She was inspired in part by a printing process now more readily available for short print runs, and by the many discussions she had had about disability as a strange game of chance where one person has to face a challenge that others may not, and where someone with a perfectly healthy past might suddenly be faced with a change to their way of living, either as a result of a medical issue, or something happening.

Given the specifications for silver scratch card coating available at the print shop, the price of cards, and the budget available for this project, we explored various combinations for the format of the card while refining the content. Ultimately we realized it needed to be easy to understand quickly and with as few words as possible.

After considering various possibilities, we narrowed down that the card would read something like: “How might your day change if you needed to consider a difference in your ability?” This would be followed by a small silver square that we think most people would know to scratch based on the wide familiarity with lottery cards. Under the square will be one of four international symbols for blindness, deafness, mental illness, and mobility difference, which we found online. Somewhere else on the card, possibly on the back, will be this website with a link to more information about the project and its intentions.

At the end of the session, Kristin had enough new idea and feedback to proceed with the project. It was decided that she would design the cards and sort out printing. The finished cards would be distributed in different places for people to find, including on the bus and at libraries, tucked inside newspapers and magazines in shops, and maybe also at lottery kiosks… if we can secure partnership with shop managers since we wouldn’t’ want the cards being thrown away as garbage!

Updates on this project are forthcoming!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Daphne Enns permalink
    November 3, 2010 7:51 pm

    I love the idea of a lottery type game. It’s interactive and fresh and would certainly make one think, possibly for the first time, about how different their days would be if they had a disability.

  2. Milena permalink
    November 3, 2010 8:20 pm

    Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts on this project, Daphne! The cards are still in the process of being finalized, but will hopefully go to print in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to posting images of them here, and Kristin and I are both looking forward to them being circulated in the world! Actually, would you be interested in helping us get them out to different places around the city when they’re ready? Please let me know if there are any spots you pass by in your day-to-day routine where you think it would be a good idea to leave cards =-)
    All the best!
    – Milena

  3. Daphne permalink
    November 4, 2010 12:27 pm

    Hi Milena.

    I would like to see the game first. I think that schools would be a great place to play this game, although, perhaps in a junior/senior high school setting. I’m not super mobile, I spend most days driving my children to an from elementary school and then it’s back home to other responsibilities. I wouldn’t mind giving one of the games to the staff actually-the learning curve could be incredible.

    The Winnipeg Parking Authority would benefit. Specifically David Hill!

    I’ll keep on thinking. Perhaps staff at hospitals, police services? City planning.

  4. Milena permalink
    November 13, 2010 6:21 pm

    Hi Daphne!
    Oh my gosh – I’m sorry it took me soooo long to write back!
    thanks for taking interest in this soon-to-be-printed project. Again, I’m glad you like the idea in principle, and I look forward to passing along details when everything is ready to go so you can consider if/how you might like to be involved. Your ideas of places/agencies to contact and get involved are awesome – thank you!

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