For its opening, Concordia’s new Access in the Making Lab is offering a 3-part workshop to initiate graduate students to the art of audio description on September 30, October 7 and October 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Audio description is usually described as a way to make art, TV, films and theatre accessible to blind and low-vision audiences. It is often an add-on that gets created long after the art is finished, and the art is not created with audio description in mind. This 3-part workshop will move audio description out of the realm of accessibility add-on and put it in the central role of art itself.
Participants will begin with a catalyst piece of art, audio describe it and then generate a whole new work using the audio description as the foundation. These new works will be shared at a virtual event later in the fall term. No prior experience with audio description is required. Fundamentals will be covered. Participants will have the possibility to exhibit their pieces on the AIM-Lab website and to participate in an online public panel.
How to apply
Seats are limited to 10-12 participants. Please send us a short 300-word statement to explain your interest in participating in the workshop. What do you hope to learn? What can you contribute? Send your application before September 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the speakers
A white woman with olive complexion and curly dark brown hair smiles for the camera. She wears an eggplant purple shirt and leans against a rough stone wall.
Cheryl Green, MFA, MS is a multi-media digital artist, captioner, audio describer, a 2017 AIR New Voices Scholar, 2020 DOC NYC Documentary New Leader, and Digital Operations Lead and a Member-Owner at New Day Films. She brings her lived experience with multiple invisible disabilities to creating media that explores politically and culturally engaged stories from cross-disability communities. Cheryl captions and audio describes films for Kinetic Light, Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and Cinema Touching Disability, and leads workshops for artists and museums on arts accessibility. Her audio and written blog, transcribed podcast, Pigeonhole, and documentary films are at WhoAmIToStopIt.com. She lives in the ancestral homeland and current homeland of the Multnomah, Clackamas, Kathlamet, and many other tribes and bands in Portland, Oregon.
Thomas Reid a brown skin Black man with a clean shaven bald head smiles into the camera. He has a goatee and is wearing dark shades and a gray button up shirt.
Thomas Reid is the host and producer of Reid My Mind Radio. A podcast featuring compelling people impacted by all degrees of blindness and disability. Occasionally, he shares stories from his own experience as a man adjusting to becoming Blind as an adult. Through his "Flipping the Script on Audio Description" series, Reid continues to explore the art by going beyond surface level topics and examining its implications on the community. Whether in his role as an audio producer, voice-over artist, audio description narrator and advocate, Thomas continues to use his voice to change perspectives around blindness and disability.