Digital Futures: New Media, Storytelling and Disability
When: Tuesday 22 October 2019, 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne
Cost: free, booking required via The Wheeler Centre's website
Access: wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpreted, live-captioning, live-streaming.
It’s no secret that the digital media industry has been the site of rapid and surprising change in recent decades. The market for screen content of all kinds – as well as screen-adjacent storytelling like podcasts – is hungry for fresh stories and new, authentic voices. And as platforms multiply and consolidate, the boundaries between mass market and niche have softened.
What does this mean for marginalised voices – especially writers, creative professionals and performers with disability – who’ve traditionally been underrepresented in the media mainstream? And – how about marginalised audiences?
In this panel conversation, we’ll discuss how artists with disability across the globe are engaging with the new digital order, and making entertaining and innovative work. Does the changing market offer new possibilities for access and creative expression? And how can we bring forward a future where people with disability have meaningful and lasting careers in the media arts?