When:Opening Saturday 26 September 2020, until 14 November 2020
Agency by Design: Expressive Design for Disability, explores how design for disability does not follow a one size fits all model and is not just about functionality.
The exhibition showcases over 50 objects – from artists across Australia and overseas, including jewellery, clothing and various technology designs to enhance socialization, provide access to assisted technology solutions or improve self-image.
The works speak to the needs of people living with a disability to take on an expressive life, beyond notions of basic living, beyond functionality – by looking at design tailored to physical and expressive individual needs.
The exhibition looks at how good design can engender agency in someone living with disability and includes work from designers who live with a disability, or organisations that work closely with the disability community.
The exhibiting artists include: Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT, Vivien Bedwell, Leah Heiss, Fanke Peng, Carol Taylor, Janice Rieger & Megan Strickfaden (Canada) with InFocus photography works from nine visually impaired photographers, Artificial Eyes and Bravery Co.
Example of works showing in the Agency by Design: Expressive Design for Disability exhibition
Artwork: Dr Fanke Peng, Shine, 2017. Sterling Silver, enamel and electronics.
Dr. Fanke Peng’s smart jewellery, Shine, provides insights and helpful reminders to improve the wearers’ well-being. Works cover the entire lifespan – from children’s healthy diets to aging healthy. These beautiful brooches, inspired by the ethos of the Canberra’s Shine Dome, uses smart technology to track the health of the wearer and feature: activity tracking, stress prediction and guided meditations.
Artwork: Vivien Bedwell, Way Finding, 2019. Aluminium, brass, sterling silver. Photo Joan Porcel Pascual
In her series Body Cues, Vivien Bedwell questions how society deals with illness and disability. Her work interprets the way the human body experiences different spaces and is interested in the participatory aspects of objects and real and imagined spatial complexities surrounding the human body.
Crafted from aluminium, brass and sterling silver, Bedwell’s Way Finding extends from the body as an accentuation, a projection of communication, but possibly causing a sensory limitation for communication when worn.
The work is exhibited ‘as is’ and presented ‘in context’ in a suite of photographs by Porcel Pascual.
Leah Heiss, Keely Macarow, Paul Beckett, St Vincent Hospital and the Nossal Institute. Smart Heart Necklace, 2015. Textile, Wiring, electronics, additive manufactured plastics
Melbourne-based Leah Heiss, who works at the nexus of design, health, and technology showcases her Smart Heart necklace in the exhibition.
Specifically designed for people who recently suffered a heart attack or are experiencing heart rhythm problems, the Smart Heart necklace is a wearable cardiac monitor necklace that collects, stores and remotely transmits data for analysis by medical professionals.
Heiss’ collaborative practice traverses device, services and experience and her other health related technology projects include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for diabetics; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery, swallowable devices to detect disease and her award winning Facett – a world first self-fit modular hearing aid.
Carol Taylor fashion designs. Photo courtesy of Carol Taylor
Carol Taylor’s glamourous ‘wheelchair accessible’ fashion designs, which include additions such magnetic zippers, magnetic buttons and specially thought out silhouettes, were a world first and have led the way for adaptive fashion. Taylor will be showing more than ten designs from her collection in the exhibition.
The exhibition is a partnership between Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Artisan Queensland. It was developed and curated by artisan Queensland. Artisan receives financial assistance from its major sponsors, Arts Queensland (State Government) and the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body.