Do You Like This Installation?

  • Cassandra Hartblay

Abstract

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Calling herself an ethnographer of disability experience, Cassandra Hartblay has contributed Do You like this Installation?, an interactive art project that has both online and material interfaces. It is composed of three components: (1) a material installation in a gallery space, (2) an interactive online interface and (3) data analysis. The project grows out of 11 months of fieldwork regarding social inclusion and disability in the city of Petrozavodsk in northwestern Russia, particularly as manifested in a disabled person’s uneven access to the internet and voting.

Author Biography

Cassandra Hartblay

Cassandra Hartblay is a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States. Her past academic work includes investigations of grassroots activism and education for children with disabilities in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Her dissertation project utilizes performance ethnography methodologies and engaged scholarship to explore social inclusion of adults with disabilities in Petrozavodsk, Russia. This includes traditional ethnographic methods such as interviewing and participant observation, as well as arts-based research practices including social theater, collaborative digital archives, and installation art. Cassandra is the 2013 recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, and a co-founder of the Carolina Coalition for Disability Justice at UNC-CH. Read more on her website, cassandra.web.unc.edu.