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Das gute Fressen

Der Trend zu bewusster Ernährung und der bevorzugten Verwendung von regionalen, saisonalen, Bio- oder veganen Lebensmitteln hat sich längst aus den subkulturellen Nischen vergangener Jahre heraus, mitten in den Mainstream urbaner Gesellschaften hinein etabliert. Die bewusste Beschäftigung mit der Herkunft und Produktion der … Continue reading

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ART’S HOME IS MY KASSEL (german Trailer)

“Engagierte Mitarbeiter und unzählige Helfer, neugierige Schaulustige und um Verständnis bemühte Besucher, »weltgewandte Begleiter« und weitgereiste Kunstgäste: In Kassel treffen sie 2012 alle auf die Documenta – Weltkunstschau mit höchster internationaler Aufmerksamkeit und Heimat in Nordhessen. Katrin und Susanne Heinz … Continue reading

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Katherine Runswick ‘Approaching Disabilty’

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CROP (Documentary Trailer)

CROP is an experimental documentary co-directed by Johanna Domke (DE) and Marouan Omara (EG). The film reflects upon the impact of images in the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 and puts it in relation to the image politics of Egypt´s leaders. … Continue reading

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Cinema of Transgression

In den 1980er Jahren schließen sich im New Yorker East Village Künstlerinnen und Künstler zusammen, unter ihnen Nick Zedd, Lydia Lunch, John Waters und Richard Kern, die radikal aufbegehren: gegen den guten Geschmack, gegen den saturierten Kunstbetrieb, gegen ein bequem gewordenes Avantgardekino. … Continue reading

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Three new movies about Blindness

Three Films at this year’s Berlinale focused on the challenge of making the Not-Seeing become visible. The brasilian movie “The way he looks”: The norwegian movie “Blind”: And the chinese Movie “Blind Massage”: A german article about all three can … Continue reading

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Wheelchair Basketball Commercial with surprising twist in the end

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TV Spots by the Norwegian associaton of the Blind

Lovely approach by the Norwegian Association of the Blind to focus on self interest, not social good, in their campaign encouraging companies to hire the blind. Four short TV Commercials from 2011:

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Inklusion in Mode und Clubkultur

Von den Vereinten Nationen 2008 ratifiziert, fordert die Behindertenrechtskonvention eine gleichberechtigte Teilhabe aller am gesellschaftlichen Leben. Was soweit plausibel  klingt, scheitert im Alltag jedoch allzu häufig an der praktischen Umsetzbarkeit. Auch in kulturrelevanten Bereichen, insbesondere der Partyszene erfahren Menschen mit … Continue reading

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Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes

Vor geraumer Zeit berichteten wir über über das Projekt “Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes” und die dazugehörigen Publikationen über die Geschichte und Perzeption eines bisher wissenschaftlich nicht bearbeitetes Ölgemäldes aus dem 16. Jahrhunderts in der Kunst- und Wunderkammer von Schloss Ambras bei … Continue reading

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When I walk (Trailer)

In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier … Continue reading

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DFG Roundtable Design Research (Video)

The Design Research Lab conducted an intense two-days event: The DFG Roundtable Design Research. Numerous highly profiled positions from the international field have been brought together in order to compare, discuss and map the different approaches and perspectives within design … Continue reading

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«Get closer», … «because who is perfect?»

The latest campaign by Pro Infirmis: Two years ago, they already caught attention by their “get closer” campaign:

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Blind Loves / Slepe Lasky (Trailer)

Documentary filmmaker Juraj Lehotsky upends many people’s assumptions and expectations of the handicapped in the film Slepe Lasky (aka Blind Loves), which introduces viewers to four very different people with one thing in common — they all lack the ability … Continue reading

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Mobile Alert Recognition (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Mobile Alert Recognition” is an application that identifies auditory alerts through signal recognition and informs the user about important events. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Sign-to-Text (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Sign-to-Text” is an application for tracking fingeralphabet for SMS-use on Mobile Phones. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with T-Labs Berlin. . The project explores challenges and possibilites … Continue reading

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Call My Attention (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Call My Attention” is an application for immediate Line-of-Sight Signaling on Mobile Phones. The application proposes a mobile device function to be used like a remote control, for achieving immediate attention. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN … Continue reading

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Beatiful Freak

“… Some people think you have a problem But that problem lies only with them …”* [eels: *beautiful freak, album cover; 1996] According to the “freaks”-subject, this beatiful catchy title-tune from EELS’s melancholic 1996-debut has been on top of our … Continue reading

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Three Recent Books on Disability, Aesthetics, Art and Film.

Three releases around the body, from three different perspectives. In the first one, “Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum”, the Editors Richard Sandell, Jocelyn Dodd and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson broach the issue surrounding disability representation in museums and galleries. [Richard … Continue reading

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Vibes, Rings and Visors

Korean Designers Kim Min-hee, Kwang-seok Jeong and Hyun-joong Kim come up with a concept for a clock, called “vibering”. The idea behind it: The clock and the corresponding rings “hear” noise and might warn (e.g. deaf) people who wear them. [vibering] So … Continue reading

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What is beautiful?

‘What is beautiful?’, obviously one the guiding questions in terms of “norm” vs. “difference”, is also the title of the latest special exhibition at HYGIENEMUSEUM (Dresden). Our visit is planned for june. So here is a little film clip to … Continue reading

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Forbidden Language – Verbotene Sprache

[Forbidden Language – Verbotene Sprache; DVD Cover] My colleague Corinna, just told me about this Swiss documentary about the Sign Language Artist and Poetry Slammer Rolf Lanicca. It has recently been released on DVD. Here is the Trailer!

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Tod Browning’s FREAKS

[Film Poster, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1932] In this fantastic movie, that has been named a “humane-tenderley horrorfilm” (KSTA), the physically deformed “freaks” are inherently trusting and honorable people, while the real monsters are two of the “normal” members of the circus.  Classic, … Continue reading

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One Day blind in Berlin

Check out our video from our Self Experience “One Day blind in Berlin” (we reported from it in november here!): How do blind people navigate in public areas? How do sighted people react on a blind person? How does it … Continue reading

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Dancer in the Dark

Selma (Björk), who is becoming blind, has “seen it all” in Von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark”:

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Ben X

“In games you can be what you want to be. But here, you can only be a man” says the protagonist in this movie about a authist boy, who struggles with everyday life and flourishes in the virtual world. Here … Continue reading

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Portrait of a disabled Man – Schönwiese’s Documentary awarded!

[“Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes”*, Maler unbekannt, 16. Jahrhundert; Öl auf Leinwand, 135 x 110 cm; Schloss Ambras, Österreich] Resulting from his research project “Das Bildnis eines behinderten Mannes” (= Portrait of a disabled man), which also included the similar entitled … Continue reading

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Lennard J. Davis on OCD

Disability Studies theorist Lennard Davis presenting about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Unfortunately the sound quality is a little bit low, but if you turn up your volume, you can learn some interesting thoughts about different disability models (charity modell, medical … Continue reading

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Interview mit einer Gehörlosen – Roger Willemsen

Emmanuelle Laborit (actress) und Caroline Link (director) Interesting to watch and listen to! About names deaf people give each other and people hiding emotions and being explored by deaf due to their fine visual senses.

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See no evil, hear no evil!

Nowt wrong with a bit of fun: Haven’t watched this movie for ages, but looking forward to doing so soon. The unforgetable Gene Wilder (playing a deaf guy) and Richard Prior (playing a blind guy) running from mafia and the … Continue reading

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