Carmen Papalia in Conversation with Andy Slater: Sounding Board

Date / Time

March 27, 2023

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Carmen Papalia in Conversation with Andy Slater: Sounding Board

Monday, March 27 

4-6 p.m. 

At Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., and on Zoom.

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Join social practice artist Carmen Papalia and media artist Andy Slater as they discuss nonvisual wayfinding, cross-sensory translation, and creative description. They’ll talk about projects they’ve undertaken and they’ll experiment with Papalia’s piece, Acoustic Mobility Device 2.0, a detection cane that translates texture into sound.

COVID-19 Safety: We ask that all attendees wear a mask to keep our communities safe and show solidarity with immunocompromised and disabled people. We will have some extras available!

Access info: CART (live captions), ASL, and description will be provided. The captions will be integrated into Zoom and projected with the Zoom on site. The ASL interpreter will be on site with a dedicated camera logged into Zoom. Gallery 400’s event space is accessible by elevator and equipped with accessible, all gender restrooms. Please contact with any questions or requests.

About the Artist: Carmen Papalia 

Carmen Papalia is a nonvisual social practice artist with chronic and episodic pain. He uses organizing strategies and improvisation to address his access to public spaces, art institutions and visual culture. His work, which takes forms ranging from collaborative performance to public intervention, is a response to the harms of the Medical Model of Disability. Papalia has exhibited and performed internationally at venues such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Liverpool, and the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity.

About the Artist: Andy Slater

Andy Slater is a Chicago-based media artist, sound designer and disability advocate. He is the founder of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists and a teaching artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Young Sound Seekers program. Slater’s current work focuses on advocacy for accessible art and technology, alt text for sound and image, science fiction, spatial audio for extended reality, and sound design for film and video games. He has exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; transmediale, Berlin; Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Critical Distance, Toronto; Gallery 400, Chicago; Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago; Flux Factory, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and MOMENTA, Chicago. 

This event was organized by the UIC Disability Cultural Center and Bodies of Work and is co-sponsored by Gallery 400. It’s funded by the University of Illinois Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and Humanities, as part of a larger project called Cripping the Arts. Cripping the Arts is a two-year collaboration between the UIC and UIUC campuses, intended to transform arts exhibition sites, art education, and studio art practice through new ideas about disability. The collaboration includes the Krannert Art Museum and Art Education, Art + Design at UIUC; and at UIC, Gallery 400, the Disability Cultural Center, Bodies of Work, and Art & Art Education.

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