On July 9th 2015, Petra Kuppers, a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan, was a visitor to the ERC project. She organised an experiential workshop, looking at ways in which disability culture approaches are able to enhance design practices. How can we reclaim simulation exercises, shifting them away from simulation and toward stimulation? How can we explore the generative and creative potentials of our different senses and our forms of locomotion, our rhythms, our spatialities and our breaths? The session questioned the normalising of design as the (re) production of normate spaces, and asked participants to think through the complexity of bodies in space, and how the body provides a vital resource for challenging, and changing, design discourse and culture.
This event was jointly sponsored by the Disability Research Centre at Goldsmiths University of London and the European Research Council funded project, Universalism, Universal Design and Equitable Access to the Designed Environment.