The Salamander Project: Disability Culture Art/Life
Kuppers and Marcus will use disability culture methods to share insights from the Salamander Project, an international arts project that invites disabled people and their allies to go underwater, expose themselves to different gravities, and make new connections. Petra and Neil will conduct a participatory Salamander workshop at the UCSD Canyonview Aquatics Center on Thursday, May 1st at 11am.
gallery@calit2 gratefully acknowledges additional support from The Vice Chancellor Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, The Communication Department, The Critical Gender Studies Program, The Ethnic Studies Department, The Literature Department, The International Relations/Pacific Studies Program, and The Visual Arts Department.
Neil Marcus writes, "Disability is an art — an ingenious way to live." This award-winning playwright, actor, poet, and performance artist earned national acclaim when he crafted his experiences as a man living with dystonia, a severe neurological disorder, into a powerful staged work. Storm Reading, first produced in the late eighties, challenged audiences to reevaluate conventional ideas about disability and set a standard for performing artists with disabilities. Voted one of Los Angeles' top ten plays of 1993, it enjoyed a nearly decade-long run. Since then, Marcus’ passionate stance toward life has infused his artistic choices. Believing that "life is a performance," he has cast his creative net wide, participating in a range of diverse projects.
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