Photos by Sean Patenaude
As a Mad and disabled artist, I am committed to the idea of public art that is truly accessible, and eliminating barriers of poverty and disability that too often get in the way of underserved communities experiencing art.
Intangible Adorations Caravan (IAC) is the development of some of my earlier works and is now in a perfect place to work with high-caliber collaborators, including Tangled Art + Disability, Other HeArts, and Art Of Festivals, to launch as an exciting event across Toronto.
IAC combines live performance, film, and an immersive environment for the audience that engages all of the senses. As a travelling event, it appears in unexpected locales, adding the element of surprise; and its disappearance following the performance leaves the attendees with a lingering sense of wonder.
My work as a Mad artist explores the possibilities of Madness as a source of communal activation; and IAC specifically aims to reclaim the performing caravan not as a site of display, but rather as a site of world-dismantling potentiality.
This project places disability arts centre stage, and animates disability as a difference that matters through avant-garde inter-arts qualities. I am thrilled that it allows me to work with collaborators who are either Mad, disabled, or neuro-divergent; and that its immediate audience is the communities that are so underserved by the arts. Deaf, blind and low-vision people will be invited and welcomed to the performances with exciting barrier-destroying elements, including ASL and live audio description, that are incorporated into the experience, seamlessly creating a work that can be fully taken in by those who are often left out.
-Lisa Anita Wegner