Virtual Poster Series (ViP) #1: Traffic Lights
This first set of posters, which will launch in tandem with the Cripping Cyberspace exhibition, profiles work undertaken by the m.i.a. collective that addresses “architectural ableism.” This first of a series of virtual posters deals with the "spatial enunciations" of the urban environment in relationship to the barriers, simultaneously physical and virtual, which prohibit people with physical disabilities from participating in civic life, on and off line.
Playing with the genre of the poster, m.i.a have created “Traffic Lights” where each of the 3 colours of the lights - Red, Yellow, Green- are used to present an inter-related triptych of m.i.a work. Each illuminated, animated square acts as a portal that allow internet browsers, lurkers, and researchers to access media content: Red takes you to a set of five video capsules titled Architectural Ableism; Yellow to Montreal*in/accessible and the Megafone website replete with geo-locational photographs taken by project participants; Green to the first in a video series by Laurence Parent called Cripping the Landscape.