BIT Big Picture Committee Meeting

Members of the BIT Big Picture Committee standing and sitting together, posing for a group photo. There are 20 people all together, in 2 rows.

On February 27-28, 2020, the Bodies in Translation Big Picture Committee gathered at 10C in downtown Guelph, to connect around successes and strategies at the midpoint of the grant. BIT is a Partnership Grant, after all—we wouldn’t be what we are without the hard work and community of all of our wonderful partners!  ...  Continue reading

How a radical form of accessibility is pushing the boundaries of theatre performance

Dr. Carla Rice and Kayla Besse’s latest on Relaxed Performance in The Conversation Canada. Read it in full here.

Image description: a photo of Erin Ball performing at Cripping the Arts. Over the photo in white text, it says “Radical accessibility pushes boundaries of theatre
Carla Rice, University of Guelph and Kayla Besse, University of Guelph

Have you ever been nervous about going to the theatre?
Maybe you’re unfamiliar with theatre etiquette, maybe you have children or maybe you find it hard to stay still for hours feeling trapped in your seat. In Shakespeare’s day, theatregoers drank, ate and socialized their way through performance. ...  Continue reading

Upcoming Exhibitions Featuring Vanessa Dion Fletcher

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is an accomplished artist and Bodies in Translation artist-in-residence for 2018. She is a graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she obtained her M.F.A. in 2016. Vanessa has received several awards for her work, including the Textile Museum of Canada Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award. For more information about Vanessa, please visit her website:

Vanessa will be exhibiting her work at several exciting upcoming events:

Inside Voices, a film by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, will be shown as a part of “That’s So Gay (TSG) 2018: Say My Name.” This group show is curated by Syrus Marcus Ware, and is presented with the 8th annual 10×10 Photography Project and Nuit Rose & Pride Toronto at the Gladstone Hotel. The exhibition runs June 13th till August 5th with the opening party on June 21st from 7-10pm. Artists will present Pechu Kucha talks (short presentations) on July 17th from 6-9pm.

This year’s participating artists are: Xanthe Blister, Quill Christie-Peters, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Myung-Sun Kim, Wy Joung Kou, Gabrielle Le Roux, Life of a Crap Head (Amy Lam + Jon McCurley), Patrisse Marie Cullors, Desmond Miller, Just Seeds Collaborative (Jesse Purcell + Mary Tremonte)

The TSG 2018 subtitle, Say My Name, refers to the #Sayhername campaign, centred around the killings of black women, in particular of black trans women, and the massive campaigns around Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) across Turtle Island.

[Still image from Inside Voices by Vanessa Dion Fletcher. There is a screen with a photograph of a bleeding cervix. The screen is surrounded by a soft brown curtain.]

In Vanessa’s words: “For TSG I am embracing the connection of female anatomy with domestic and interior spaces, lining the walls and floor with textiles creating a tactile comfortable viewing space.”

For more information about the event, visit the Gladstone Hotel website and the Facebook event.

Another exciting exhibition,

Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making ...  Continue reading

My Head Lay on a Trusty Word

You’re invited to experience My Head Lay on a Trusty Word, a documentary film exhibition by Roberto Santaguida. This is the final exhibition of Space Shapes Place, a national series of vibrant commissions produced by Tangled Art + Disability.

Opening Reception: April 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: April 19 – May 19, 2018
Location: Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON

Fork on table top
Still from exhibition

About the exhibition

My Head Lay on A Trusty Word marks a new installation by Montreal-born filmmaker Roberto Santaguida. The narrative sculpts a tale of his own personal journey: at fourteen years old, Santaguida ran away from home and dreamt he found redemption on the Atlantic coast. For this project, the artist replicated his travels east, revisiting the small towns, scenic routes, twilight beaches, and the woman who helped him find his way back.

About the artist

Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida has worked extensively in documentary and experimental film. His films have shown at more than 250 international festivals around the world. Santaguida is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.


Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Audio description will be available for the exhibit. For public engagements we will have ASL interpreters, live transcription and attendant care present. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment


Tangled Art Gallery is located in studio 122 on the main floor on the 401 Richmond Building. The closest accessible subway station is at Osgoode Station. The closest accessible streetcar stop is the 510 Spadina Queen Street West Stop (Queen Street stop going south from Spadina Station, Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station.)


For images, interviews, or more information please contact: Kristina McMullin
P: 647 725 5064


A still of My Head Lay on a Trusty Word. The frame features a table setting with a plate of food, one fork and one glass. The tablecloth is cream coloured with a bright red floral pattern. The image is grainy like old film.

Co-Design Session #1

We are holding a co-design session on October 19th, 2017 from 10am-2:30pm at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University.


What is a co-design session?

A co-design session is an opportunity for diverse members of diverse communities to come together to collaborate, experiment, and explore a problem or project. The objective of the Bodies in Translation co-design session is to explore different perspectives on sharing digital information and creating teaching/learning tools in interactive, useful and playful ways.



Here is some more information about what we are hoping to get out of the day:

The co-design session will explore how we can effectively share knowledge generated over the course of the grant with different users. Broadly, the goals of the co-design sessions are to explore what the knowledge platform could be, what potential users want to see in a platform, how users would want to engage with the platform and how the platform can act as an effective teaching and learning  tool. A major goal of the co-design session will be to learn about how the platform can best mobilize the pedagogical possibilities of activist art. Here we use “pedagogy” to refer primarily to higher education teaching contexts; in other words, we wish to know how higher education instructors and learners across disciplines as well as educators and learners within policy-making and practice institutional contexts and in community activist contexts would like to engage with the platform and what kinds of resources would be most helpful to them. Relatedly, we would like to know what artists, activists, designers, and community members might like educators (including educators who belong to these groups) to know and teach about and what they want learners to understand (and if relevant, put into practice).

More concretely, we are asking:

  • What are the pedagogical possibilities of an interactive knowledge platform?
  • What forms will the “interactivity” take?
  • What modalities will be most useful for different target audiences (i.e., visual, voice, text, etc.)
  • Under what conditions would people want to use the platform, and for what ends?
  • How can we attend to the needs of different audiences at the same time?
  • How can we hold multiple sets of accessibility needs while designing the platform?
  • How can the platform spark the curiosity of those who might not otherwise imagine inclusive and accountable ways of working?
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