Cripping Cyberspace Curator Acknowledgments

  • Amanda Cachia

Abstract

Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition would not have been possible without the incredible commitment and support of Jay T. Dolmage, Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and Geoffrey Shea and Libby Shea from the Common Pulse Intersecting Abilities Art Festival and Symposium. I thank them tremendously for inviting me to curate this project, through which my skills and ideas around curating have most certainly been challenged. I am also grateful to Jay for collating all the exhibition materials and formatting the special issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies in order to showcase Cripping Cyberspace, and providing the artists with technical advice. Libby and Geoffrey have been efficient administrators of the artist and curator contracts, travel arrangements and finding the appropriate resources.

It has been an honor to work with artists Katherine Araniello, Cassandra Hartblay, Sara Hendren and m.i.a. collective (Arseli Dokumaci, Antonia Hernández, Laurence Parent and Kim Sawchuk). Thank you for being willing guinea pigs in this wonderful experiment in cyberspace, and participating in the additional Skype artist interviews and audio description process.

Finally, I am grateful to Alexandra Haagaard for providing the excellent written transcripts of the Skype artist interviews.

Author Biography

Amanda Cachia

Amanda Cachia is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently completing her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability and contemporary art. Cachia completed her second Masters degree in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in spring, 2012. Cachia received her first Masters in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2001. She held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 30 exhibitions over the last ten years in various cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Her writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogues, Canadian Art magazine, and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She has lectured and participated in panels at conferences widely, within the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. Cachia is a dwarf activist and has been the Chair of the Dwarf Artists Coalition for the Little People of America since 2007.