This project took the pecha kucha format as the starting point for an investigation into the challenges for artists with disabling barriers in using currently available telematics technologies to share their artwork in a collaborative online format. The project was conceived and developed for WeShare a collaborative initiative by Furtherfield and Drake Music in London, UK. WeShare sets out to develop a Peer to Peer philosophy for arts organisations to enrich our programmes, extend, connect and engage diverse communities and achieve improved flexibility and sustainability. Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to learning, teaching and making music. Furtherfield’s mission is to co-create extraordinary art that connects with contemporary audiences providing innovative, engaging and inclusive digital and physical spaces for appreciating and participating in practices in art, technology and social change.
The PK Research/1 (PKR/1) project was designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges for artists with disabilities using existing telematic technologies to share their work online with a live audience. Telematic technologies are systems that allow us to connect over distance, such as, video conferencing, mobile phones, etc… The PK Research/1 project was designed to investigate the challenges for artists with disabling barriers in sharing their artwork in a collaborative online format.
The Research Focus
The PK Research/1 (PKR/1) project was designed to investigate the challenges for artists with disabling barriers in using currently available telematics technologies to share their artwork in a collaborative online format.
Telematic technologies have long held the promise of providing connecting people in distance location together in a meaningful way. Today, the majority of the population can easily videoconference with friends and family on laptops, tablets and mobiles. Group video conferencing is now becoming option for consumers through free Google Hangouts and paid services of Skype and other dedicated group video conferencing applications. While the availability of these technologies open of the possibilities for most of the population, they may not be usable by all people who could benefit from remote connections. These technologies may not be usable with screen readers, and/or external adaptive devices.
PKR/1 aimed to uncover the barriers of usage and accessibility for people with disabilities. The outcomes from this project will be used to inform future work on reducing the barriers of usage and accessibility for artists of various abilities. While the focus is on people with disabilities, outcomes will likely be recommendations that will improve usage for all.
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