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Ashley McAskill

Ash McAskill is a disability and theatre researcher, and an emerging slow theatre practitioner completing her last year of her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Her work explores Canadian theatre landscapes that include and are produced by neurodiverse artists. She believes in creative and academic pedagogies that honour slowness and tenderness between all human beings. She is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FQRSC) recipient and has shared her work in alt. theatre journal, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Theatre Research in Canada, and the Canadian Theatre Review. She is the current coordinator of Concordia University’s Critical Disability Studies Working Group, a disability-arts project between the UK and Quebec called Vibrations, and the Participatory Media Cluster. Other research interests include gender and beauty practices, the spectacle of public performativity, feminist media studies, and performance art.

Darian Goldin Stahl

Darian Goldin Stahl is a Printmaker and Bookmaker currently residing in Canada. She is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, and was recently awarded Canada’s prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship for her research potential. Darian received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2015, and her BFA in Printmaking at Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. She first studied printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy in 2008. Darian’s arts-based research focuses on the health humanities, patient narrative, and chronic illness. www.dariangoldinstahl.com

David Bobier

David Bobier is an HOH media artist and the parent of 2 deaf children living in London, Ontario, Canada. His creative practice is researching and developing vibrotactile technology as a creative medium. This vibrotactile technology, originally developed for the deaf, is essential in Bobier’s artistic practice for developing more accessible ways of creating and experiencing art in its many forms. This work led to his establishment of VibraFusionLab (VFL) in London, Ontario in 2014, a creative multi-media, multi-sensory centre providing inclusive technologies for supporting accessibility in the arts.

He is also Founder and Past Chair of London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA), Secretary of the Board of Media Arts Network Ontario(MANO/RAMO), Board member of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario(ARCCO) and Founder and Co-chair of Tangled London. Modeled after Tangled Art + Disability, Toronto, the collective is dedicated to developing opportunities for Deaf artists, artists with disabilities and artists experiencing isolation to engage in artistic practice and cultural enrichment. In 2014 he partnered with artist Leslie Putnam to form the o’honey collective.

Bobier’s work has received funding from Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Ontario Centres of Excellence(OCE), Grand NCE (National Centres of Excellence) and British Council Canada.

Bobier has served in advisory roles in developing Deaf and Disability Arts Equity programs for both CCA and the OAC and was an invited participant, more recently, in the CCA – The Arts in a Digital World Summit and a panel presenter at the Global Disability Summit in London, UK. Bobier has twice received Canada Council for the Arts funding to do ongoing research of the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Ju Gosling aka ju90

Ju Gosling aka ju90 is based in London but has gained an international reputation for her work, which is mainly located within the theories and traditions of the international Disability Arts movement. Ju works with digital lens-based media, but also performance, text and sound, and was the first student in the UK to present her PhD thesis online as a multimedia hypertext. Ju is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Together! 2012 CIC, the UK project partners. www.ju90.co.uk www.together2012.org.uk

Julie Newman

Julie Newman is a London based artist who is currently creating an ongoing installation at her Wheelhouse studio based in Trinity Buoy Wharf, at the wall of the River Thames in East London. Her current work, Dreaming the Voyage, uses the Wheelhouse as a site specific installation project referencing historical and fictional ships and travels from the River Thames and local ports. The Launch was a soundscape created using the Wheelhouse as a speaker for an original piece written using harmonics, overtones and beats…..it has a dreamlike quality which served to demonstrate both the title and the concept. The vibrations of the music are captured by a simple technology that uses the wood and glass of the Wheelhouse in a manner that allows it to sing the work. The Wheelhouse appears static and land bound but the Dreaming and continuing installations will reveal the reality of how far it is possible to travel if you have the belief and determination to do so. It is a multilayered concept and appears to touch the longing to Dream a Voyage in others. An initial reference was from the film Now Voyager, ‘Why ask for the moon, when we have the stars?’. www.julienewman.co.uk

Kim Sawchuk

Kim Sawchuk, Principal Investigator of the ACT team,  is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies- Faculty of Arts and Science. Sawchuk has been writing on age, ageing and its cultural impact since 1996. She is most well-known for her research on “seniors and cell phones” conducted with Dr. Barbara Crow of York University as well her research-creation work in Critical Disability Studies. Sawchuk is a co-founder of the Mobile Media Lab (York-Concordia) located in Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies. She has just completed a six-year term as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communications (www.cjc-online.ca) and she is the co-editor of Wi: journal of mobile media (www.wi-not.ca). In addition to her academic research, in 1996 Sawchuk co-founded of StudioXX, a feminist research and media arts centre in Montréal.

Luciano Frizzera

Luciano Frizzera is a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at Concordia University focusing on the political economy of new forms of digital technology, and the different ways which algorithmic media has been changing interaction everyday life in urban spaces. He holds a Master’s degree in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, and his academic background spans a diverse range of disciplines and mediums: media studies, graphic design (print and digital), visualization, web design, project management, urban studies, digital humanities, and sociology. luciano.fluxo.art.br

Samuel Thulin

Samuel Thulin is a researcher and artist working at the intersection of mobilities research, communication and media studies, and sound studies. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University working in Milieux’s Participatory Media cluster. He recently completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Mobilities Research and the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. Through his academic and artistic work he investigates how relationships to place, space, and location are entangled with multiple (im)mobilities and with developments in mobile communication technology. Thulin has written about and created artworks exploring: mobile listening and mobile production; confluences of cartography and auditory culture; locative media and contested senses of place; the situatedness of mobile practices; and creative and emergent methodologies. https://soundcloud.com/samuelthulin/

Véro Leduc

Artiste et chercheure engagée, Véro Leduc est professeure au département de communication sociale et publique et au programme d’action culturelle à l’UQÀM. Première professeure d’université sourde au Québec, elle est titulaire d’un doctorat en communication et d’une maitrise en travail social. Chercheure associée au partenariat de recherche Ageing + Communication + Technologies, à Cultures du témoignage, au Groupe de recherche sur la médiation culturelle, à l’équipe Pratiques sociales et surdité du Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale et au Critical Disability Studies Working Group, ses projets et ses pratiques s’articulent à travers des démarches de recherche-création et des perspectives critiques, féministes, queer, intersectionnelles, crip (handicapées) et sourdes.

Artists

Aimee Louw

Aimee Louw is a Quebec-based multidisciplinary artist and writer. Through self-exploratory methods, Aimee approaches social commentary and transformation. Her current experimental work uses video to tell poetry and show embodied relationships to landscape and territory. Aimee directs the blog and video series, Underwater City Project, which creatively documents and responds to experiences of ableism and accessibility in cities across the Americas. Her favorite place to be is in water.

Darian Goldin Stahl

Darian Goldin Stahl is a Printmaker and Bookmaker currently residing in Canada. She is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, and was recently awarded Canada’s prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship for her research potential. Darian received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2015, and her BFA in Printmaking at Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. She first studied printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy in 2008. Darian’s arts-based research focuses on the health humanities, patient narrative, and chronic illness. www.dariangoldinstahl.com

Laurence Parent

Laurence Parent is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Concordia University. She holds an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University and a BA in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives in Montréal and is passionate about disability activism, disability history and mobility. Laurence’s academic and art work has featured in numerous conferences and exhibitions in Canada, the United States and England. In 2016, she was selected by the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA-ACEI) as the recipient of the Francophone Tanis Doe Award for Canadian Disability Study and Culture.