Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


ONLINE: Material Conversations: Experiencing materials through an inclusive arts collaboration

22 June 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

pencil etching of a disc, Material Conversations

This fourth talk of the 'Disability and the Cultural Sector' seminar series will be given by Dr Tim Adlam, Maryam Bandukda and Caroline Wright, who will explore the meanings and values of experiencing materials through inclusive arts collaboration.

This event is free.

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Dr Rafie Cecilia

Material Conversations was created out of a collaboration between artist Caroline Wright, UCL researcher Maryam Bandukda, the East London based disability group ‘Beyond Sight Loss’ (BSL) and UCL academic Tim Adlam. Supported by the UCL Trellis community engagement funds, the team worked with BSL to explore the nature of materials and our responses to experiencing them through different senses. Caroline developed a collection of multi-sensory artworks, exhibited as Material Conversations, that enables the surprising experience of materials through sound, rhythm, sight and touch.

This talk of the 'Disability and the Cultural Sector' seminar series will take place on Zoom (https://ucl.zoom.us/j/94979973641), and there is no need to register in advance. Live Captioning for the event will be provided by Stagetext.  

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The seminar series is sponsored by the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund and is organised by Dr Rafie Cecilia (UCL Institute of Archaeology and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies) together with the Global Disability Innovation Hub


About the Speakers

Dr Tim Adlam

Associate Professor of Global Disability Innovation at GDI Hub

Dr Tim Adlam's research focuses on technology for children with severe neuromotor disability.

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Maryam Bandukda

Researcher at UCL and the GDI Hub

Maryam Bandukda explores agency and participation of blind and partially sighted people in open space leisure activities and the impact of orientation and mobility training on self-efficacy and participation in leisure activities.

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Caroline Wright

Artist and PhD candidate at Royal College of Art

Caroline Wright is aresearching sensation and impact of matter in the sea and on land. Her practice spans visual and performance work that is often socially engaged and site-specific, taking place on beaches, in swimming pools, beach-huts, observation towers and uninhabited islands.

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