As a Community Co-Investigator I often collaborate with other artists, academics and activists on projects about sound, art, intersectionality and the ‘othered’ body. Research using methods of co-production offers communities greater control over the research process, and provides opportunities to learn and reflect from their experience.
Drake Music Lab NW is a community of hackers/makers/coders interested in developing new musical instruments, ideas and technology to remove barriers experienced by disabled musicians.
Members of the Lab have been working with me to develop a customised MIDI controller – Nashesizer – initially as part of the Drake Music Lab North West Challenge, Spring 2017 and subsequently as part of my work with Sound and Music as part of the Pathways scheme, Autumn 2017.
Around the Toilet
Exploring ‘Queer and Disability Arts‘ for an international collaborative project exploring the toilet. Working with academic researchers based across four Universities.
The three-year arts-based research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), set out to find what makes a public toilet a safe and accessible space. The project came in the wake of austerity measures that led to public toilets being closed across the country.
Exploring the potential of new innovative digital tools to support and extend the practice of physically disabled visual artist. Working with creatives, makers and coders in association with the University of Birmingham and Disability Arts in Shropshire.
The project aims are to understand issues that disabled artists face during their creative process and to explore the potential impact of digital tools. Digital approaches can help removed many of the barriers artists with physical disabilities face, potentially extending their creative freedom and expression.