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Rippling excesses: A/r/tography becoming dis/a/r/tography

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How do disability arts (dis/arts) and culture rupture and transform conventional artistic and a/r/tographic practices? We show how disability arts and culture involves a multiplicity of voices unfolding, recursing, rippling and reflexively performing public pedagogy to make the Wingspan retreat of artists and scholars. We revisit both Hofstadter's formalistic and ahistorical conception of recursion and Irwin's a/r/tography to ask how artistic practices and genres reflexively transform. Our research foregrounds disability collectivity without forsaking individuality, fragilities, strengths, differences of disability that require accommodation and communication beyond the binaries of ability/disability, and, purported 'normalcy' and 'irregularity'. This article artistically and intellectually plays both with the unfolding of a/r/tography as recursive processes often in tension and contention with discourses of 'ability' and 'normalcy' that so bind who counts as valued human beings (or not) and whose semiotic excesses matter. Recursive transformations may become larger sociocultural movements of disability politics and collectives with history, agency and polyvocality. To respect such differences and yet exceed them in the span of wings is the provisional and mighty task of the disability arts, culture and public pedagogical movement.
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Keywords: a/r/tography; art et culture des handicaps; des handicaps; disability; disability art and culture; public pedagogy; pédagogie publique; recursion; récursion; transformation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 0000000122889830 University of British Columbia, Canada 2: 0000000419368649 McGill University, Canada 3: 0000000073921012 Independent Professional Artist

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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