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DISABILITY AND THE DIGITAL – Access Aesthetics in Dance and Performance

June 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Us for a

Access Aesthetics in

Dance and Performance


Nina Mühlemann (Bern)
Andy Slater (Chicago)
Melanie Zimmermann (Hamburg)

Moderated by Hanna Göbel & Mara Mills 

Thursday, June 16, 2022
12 -1 p.m. EST | 6-7 pm CEST | 7-8 pm TRT 


The session “Access Aesthetics in Dance and Performance” wishes to discuss the aesthetics of access in dance and performance. It will bring together experts of dance and performance, who work on digital technologies of access, especially in the context of the digital distribution of dance pieces and performances. The aim is to discuss access in the digital realm by means of how disability aesthetics in dance and performance challenge the collective sensorium.


Nina Mühlemann is an artist and disability scholar based in Zurich, Switzerland and completed her PhD at King’s College London in Disability Studies and Performance Studies in 2017 (‘Beyond the Superhuman–Disabled Artists Working in the Context of London 2012’). From 2018-2019 she was co-director of the Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socio-culturally animated theatre practice project based in Zurich. Since 2020 she is co-director of Criptonite, a Zurich-based queer-crip theatre project. She has co-curated the symposia It’s a Matter of Perspective (IntegrART, Zürich, 2019), Exploring Crip Spacetime (No Limits Festival, Berlin, 2019) and Rethinking Structures (IntegrART, Zürich, 2021). Since 2022 she is a postdoctoral researcher for the SNF-project “Aesthetics of the im/mobile” at the University of the Arts Berne.


Andy Slater is a Chicago-based media artist, sound designer, and access advocate.He is a member of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists and a teaching artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Young SoundSeekers program. He holds a Masters in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a 2022 United States Artists fellow, 2022-2023 Leonardo Crip Tech Incubator fellow and a 2018 3Arts/Bodies of Work fellow at the University of Illinois Chicago. In 2020 Andy was acknowledged for his art by the New York Times in their article, “28 Ways To Learn About Disability Culture.” Andy’s current work focuses on advocacy for accessible art and technology, Alt-Text for sound and image, the phonology of the blindbody, spatial audio for extended reality, and sound design for film, dance, and video games. He has exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Mcsweeneys Quarterly Concern, the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco,Transmediale Festival Berlin, Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival, Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne, Critical Distance Toronto, Gallery 400 Chicago, Experimental Sound Studios Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Flux Factory New York, and Momenta Dance Company Chicago.

Melanie Zimmermann  is a dramaturge and curator at Kampnagel, Hamburg. After working for film and television, she studied Cultural Studies and Dance in Frankfurt on the Oder and in Paris. She was press and public relations assistant for the Forsythe Company and studied dramaturgy with Hans-Thies Lehmann in Frankfurt on the Main and in Brussels; in 2010, she was on a danceWEB scholarship. Then she began working as freelance dance and theatre dramaturge, e.g. for Wanda Golonka, Peeping Tom, Sebastian Matthias, Laurent Chétouane and was project manager of the MAMAZA collective. Since 2010 she works as dance dramaturge and curator at Kampnagel. Since eleven years, she supports and creates festivals, events and formats to support the international collaboration of dance makers. From 2018 – 2022 she was realizing the “Europe beyond Access” program at Kampnagel.

Hanna Göbel is currently a Substitute Professor for Urban Anthropology and Ethnographic Methods at HafenCity University in Hamburg. Her main research areas and current interests are anthropology and sociology of the body, disabilities and the urban form, (urban) publics and (digital) audiences of disability.


Digital Media and Dis/Abilities
(Research Network, Funded by DFG)

Waterfront e.V., HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)

This is a Zoom webinar. CART and ASL are provided. (Please note: if you require captioning and ASL simultaneously, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer, and not a tablet or smartphone.) For other accommodations, please indicate on your RSVP form.




June 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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