For this project, I recorded several days worth of video and sound as I navigated both private and public spaces. In class, we have discussed the concept of access and are beginning to critically think about which bodies and identities have access to certain spaces and/or opportunities and which are barred from them. Living with a “particular” (unique) body forces one to navigate and share spaces in the public sphere in very unorthodox and often stress inducing ways. It may be somewhat simple for us to see someone with a physical disability and imagine what it must be like to access the world from that perspective, but it is another to truly experience it. This video attempts to capture the inner experience of disability and confront/confirm an able bodied person’s inferences about what living in that body may be like.
Also, notice the amount of times I say "thank you" or "I appreciate it." Consider the way the world is designed and how it causes certain bodies to ask for help over others. How does that contribute to one's sense of self?
The space I chose for my critique was very intentional and the audience interaction with the piece was to end up being a part of the finished product. I chose to project this video in a dark and cramped space, full of items that were both accessible and inaccessible. The video was intentionally projected at a low height. Participants were asked to silently respond with what they found to be universal and what they found to be particular about the video. While members of our class were writing on the white sheet, they were forced to navigate a complicated space in close quarters with the various bodies in the room. Though this simulated experience was not identical to my own daily experiences, it did challenge the participants to carefully consider each step and examine their space at all times. Living in a body that the world is not designed around binds a person to hyperawareness of their environment.