Mapping sound possibilities MozLDN open circuit team
Mapping sound possibilities MozLDN open circuit team


Digital and disability

8-9 JUNE 2013

Bringing disabled artistry and digital acumen together

Short Circuit is a digital arts project that puts disabled artists in the driving seat to prove that digital culture is for everyone to harness, consume and to create with; the experience of impairment, rather than restricting, can be rich fuel for that journey.

Short Circuit
Short Circuit

Short Circuit is a strategic action research project commissioned by Arts Council England, South East. It started with a one day meet, mix and meddle session at Mozilla London. The next stage of Short Circuit takes place on 8 & 9 June at Lighthouse. Short Circuit brings together deaf and disabled artists with creative technologists, to explore new possibilities within artists’ practices.

It’s a chance for artists to go deeper – testing, playing and probing what works for them and what doesn’t, what can be adapted and what hybrids might spin off into as yet unimagined possibilities.

Short Circuit is designed and delivered by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent who last year worked together to create digital arts content for Push Me for The Space working with Watershed and BDH in Bristol. The project was initiated by Jon Pratty, from Arts Council England, South East, with the intention of creating something that pushed boundaries, while keeping the focus firmly on the disability perspective as central – creatively so.

Short Circuit participants:

Sound Group:
Jon Adams FRSA (artist-scientist), Andy Armstrong (creative technologist), Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, (artist) Martin Gritton (sound artist), Rikki Jodelko (musician), Chisato Minamimura (choreographer), Ian Rattray (audio technologist), Anya Ustaszewski (sonic artist).

Story Group:
David Bower (Sign Dance Collective), Gemma Burditt, (animator) Rachel Gadsden (visual & performance artist), Julie McNamara (playwright, actor, singer and compere), Melissa Mostyn (writer and media/visual arts practitioner), David Packer, (animator) Dolly Sen (writer, artist, trainer), Caroline Ward (artist, director), Bianca Winter (Hoipolloi, digital producer).

Sarah Pickthall (artist, coach consultant & film curator/producer), Jon Pratty (Arts Council Relationship Manager for Digital and Creative Economy in the South East),Damian Toal (filmmaker, artist), Jo Verrent (artist, writer, producer).

This unique interplay is just the beginning, not just a single weekend event. Short Circuit aims to provide support for emerging ideas – exploring the possibilities of showcasing aspects of the process at Brighton Digital Festival and beyond. “It’s a bit like being midwives,” says co-producer Jo Verrent. “It’s our role to help birth new ideas.”

Funded by Arts Council England, South East, and supported by Culture Hack

Short Circuit



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