Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Andrew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.
Crip Times Episode 2: The Renee Dumaresque Episode
This week, Kristina and Kayla are joined by Renee Dumaresque, a PhD Student, writer, artist, and community organizer.
The episode starts with a conversation around how we’ve been dealing with the isolation of the pandemic (shocker), the ways that interdependence has been deepened these past months, and how boredom can plant seeds of creativity. Renee offers us reflections on chaos and fragmentation, as well as some observations about COVID-19 headlines and ‘hysteria,’ and how they are using found poetry to offer commentary or counter-narrative.
Renee tells us about Crip Rave Collective, how they’re working to make night life spaces more accessible, and how we can all get more thoughtful with our accountability practices.We hear a bit about Renee’s foray into film festivals, our adventures with imposter syndrome, and real vulnerability versus performed vulnerability.
Last but not least: Are dog parks the key to being the least judgmental versions of ourselves?
Crip Times Episode 1: The Syrus Marcus Ware Episode
“It’s just time to take a leap and imagine a future that is different than this one.”
In the first episode of Crip Times, hosts Yousef, Kayla, and Kristina speak with artist, activist, academic, and all-around brilliant human, Syrus Marcus Ware.
This conversation discusses the movements and actions that have occurred in Toronto and across Turtles Island over the summer of 2020. The building of collective knowledge surrounding social justice and abolition. The four discuss the role of Deaf, Mad, and Disabled folks in activism, their value and necessity in activist spaces. The conversation moves to intergenerational movement-building, the role of traditional knowledge in our imagined and possible futures, and the role of children in activist spaces. They discuss activist scholarship and how traditional academic spaces can be used as sites of activism.
Yousef: Hello and welcome to Crip Times, our podcast, or at least what our podcast is going to be, Crip Times is, like all things Crip, a product of interdependence, collaboration, and community. We really miss the spaces of connection and conversation that happen organically and spontaneously in arts spaces, which are currently closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. One of the aims of this series is to replicate those chats, giving artists and activists, and ourselves an accessible podcast space to hang out, converse, connect, and just be, however we need and want. We’re your hosts, Kayla, Yousef, and Kristina.
Kaya: I am Kayla and I work in disability arts and communications. I love to yell about accessibility on Twitter, and I can talk much better than I can walk.
Yousef: I am Yousef and I am an actor, writer, right leg amputee and coffee enthusiast.
Kristina: Hi, I am Kristina and I am an arts administrator, emerging academic, cat mom, and Crip Times’s resident aquarius.
Kayla: Crip Times is presented as part of the Wheels on the Ground Podcast Network. This podcast is produced by us, with support from Tangled Art + Disability and Bodies in Translation.
Kristina: We’ve put a lot of thought into what we wanted to produce during these times, and it always came back to connection- we want to use this podcast as a place to build connections through conversation. To make something for crip folks, centring crip folks, inherently and unapologetically crip. We believe the conversations that we are having are important and deserve a platform.
Yousef: The three of us have been working in the Disability Arts sector for a handful of years, due to this work, (And our snazzy personalities) we have been fortunate to make a lot of friends that are also working in the sector, whether as artists, academics, activists, or all three. We’ve gotten to work with, cross paths with, do life with these folks, and now we get to share them. These are not only folks with unique practices, and valuable insights, and intentional ways of being in the world – but good, kind, whole hearted humans.
Kayla: We’ve got theatre practitioners leading the way for accessible performance, artists making work in the intersections of anti-black racism and ageism, academics exploring Madness through academia and art, activists bringing Disability Justice to the forefront of activism, artists embracing the messiness and disjointed nature of our times, academics researching how disability, fashion, and gender intersect. And so many more.
Kristina: During our very first meeting about this Podcast idea, I think we all knew we could make something really special. And now here we are, a few months later, ready to share Crip Times with our community.
Yousef: You can also read the transcript of each episode on the Bodies in Translation website, (access is transcripts, y’all.) We’ll also be sharing our episodes on the Tangled Art + Disability and Bodies in Translation Social Media pages!
Kayla: Thank you for listening to our trailer, we can’t wait for you to tune in to our episodes, and that you enjoy Crip Times as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. You can listen to our next episode every Monday wherever you get your podcasts.