8 episodes

Crip Times A Podcast Series

Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Andrew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.

Crip Times Kayla Besse/Yousef Kadora & Kristina McMullin

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Crip Times A Podcast Series

Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Andrew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.

    Crip Times Episode 8: The Shannon Finnegan Episode

    Crip Times Episode 8: The Shannon Finnegan Episode

    Episode Notes

    Have you ever thought of alt-text as poetry? What about lounging as a form of protest? This week, Kayla and Kristina are joined by Shannon Finnegan, a multidisciplinary artist making work about accessibility and disability culture. The conversation begins with Shannon sharing the importance of centering other disabled artists and thinkers in their work, and how interdependence can be an aesthetic approach.

    We speak about the presence (or absence) of alt text in institutions and our personal practices, with a focus on Shannon’s “Alt Text as Poetry” project, how embracing their own access needs for the first time led to prioritizing the disability experience in their work, and how the work of access is everyone’s responsibility. We speak about disability art as a rejection of hostile architecture, through some of Shannon’s activist artwork: “Anti Stairs Club Lounge.”

    We move into how rest, care, and humour show up both in our process and practice. We end our conversation with a desire for more spaces for Crip communities to form, and as always, we spoke about JOY! 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in

    Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 1 hr
    Crip Times Episode 7: The Gloria C. Swain Episode

    Crip Times Episode 7: The Gloria C. Swain Episode

    Episode Notes
    Welcome back to Crip Times! We hope you were able to find some moments of rest over the few weeks since you last heard from us.

    This week, Yousef and Kristina talk to Gloria Swain about making art as an older, Mad, Black, female artist and activist, the barriers in society and the sector. Gloria speaks about how her art and curatorial practices are part of the healing process for her. We talk about dancing as an integral part of art and healing processes (we love Gloria’s dancing on her Instagram page!)

    We speak about Gloria’s artistic legacy, changes we want to see in the future of the Canadian art sector, and how we may go about making those changes. Gloria speaks about how the support she’s received in the art sector has impacted her practice. We wrap up this episode speaking about what Gloria is working on right now, how you can find her, and Gloria shares some words of wisdom we can all find peace in. 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 38 min
    Crip Times Episode 6: The Jess Watkin Episode

    Crip Times Episode 6: The Jess Watkin Episode

    Episode Notes
    “It was interdependent magic. Like it really felt like magic.”

    Happy solstice! They’re the four best friends anyone could have.

    On the last Crip Times episode of 2020, all three hosts (Kayla, Kristina, Yousef) are joined by Jess Watkin, an artist, activist, academic, dramaturg, and most importantly, friend of the pod. 
    We spend some time laughing about how we all became friends through our various crip encounters, access intimacy, and what Jess’ work as an artist and disability dramaturg actually entails. Jess speaks about her upcoming projects, and the legacies of interdependence that brought her to the place she is today. This episode ends with Jess’ dreams for the future of performance, with suggestions we could all bring into our 2021 plans. 

    We’ll be back with new episodes of Crip Times on January 11 until then, thank you for allowing us to share these episodes with you, they really feel like magic. 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in

    Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 55 min
    Crip Times Episode 5: The Jeff Thomas Episode

    Crip Times Episode 5: The Jeff Thomas Episode

    Episode Notes
    This week, Kayla and Yousef are joined by Jeff Thomas, a Governor General Award-winning Indigenous photographer. Jeff provides us with some background on his photographic work which began in the 1970s as a response to the representation of Indigenous people through historical photography, and how it has grown and changed since becoming disabled.
    Jeff talks about turning photographs used for propaganda into tools of revitalization, and how he’s trying to continue the storytelling tradition in his family, blending this with new technologies such as 3D scanning and drones.

    In his work Indians on Tour, Jeff explains how he plays with Indigenous presence where it wouldn’t otherwise be visible, by photographing miniature figurines all over the world.

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 41 min
    Crip Times Episode 4: The Cindy Baker Episode

    Crip Times Episode 4: The Cindy Baker Episode

    Episode Notes
    This week, Yousef and Kristina are joined by Cindy Baker, a contemporary artist whose work engages with queer, gender, race, disability, fat, and art discourses. We recorded this episode in the summer, but we think you’ll find it really speaks to the end-of-2020 burnout that many of us are collectively experiencing. 

    Cindy describes herself as feeling ‘wobbly’—how relatable. She tells us about her work “Crash Pad,” how she resists the notion of productivity, and how the pandemic has brought to light some things that disabled folks have been advocating for for years. The conversation ends with a reminder that self-indulgence is something that can only ever be positive. 

    As a content warning, the episode contains a brief mention of Cindy being abducted as a child from minute 38:00 to 41:00. 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 46 min
    Crip Times Episode 3: The Ben Barry Episode

    Crip Times Episode 3: The Ben Barry Episode

    Episode Notes
    Everybody gets dressed—but how can fashion be a tool of social justice?

    This week, Kayla and Kristina sit down with Dr. Ben Barry, Chair of Fashion at Ryerson University. We talk about how we can imagine fashion beyond ‘the ideal body,’ how Ben and others are working to diversify fashion education, and how we can crip fashion, meaning create desirable clothes made by and for disabled people. We speak about how a co-created relaxed fashion show came together through education and Instagram prowess, how Ben’s current research project, Cripping Masculinity, has adapted during COVID-19, and how access to fashion is access to life: to employment, community, desire, and safety. Ben talks about who he looks to in fashion justice leadership. We wrap up this conversation by noting how joy is found both when we take off our shoes, and when our institutions make systemic change. 

    Curl up with your favourite quarantine attire, and prepare to ask yourself some deep questions about how and why we all wear what we do. 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 59 min

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