Photos by Sean Patenaude
As a mad and disabled artist, Lisa Anita Wegner is 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) 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.
Lisa's work explores the possibilities of Madness and disabiluty 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, are incorporated into the experience, seamlessly creating a work that can be fully taken in by those who are often left out.