Carmen Papalia: Open Access

Carmen Papalia: Open Access

Friday, July 21, 2017
12 to 3pm

Carmen Papalia's  For a New Accessibility  workshop on July 23, 2016

Carmen Papalia's For a New Accessibility workshop on July 23, 2016

On July 21, Papalia conducted a follow-up to the series of engagements that he presented last summer at The 8th Floor, sharing developments from his last year traveling with the Open Access movement building campaign. The program established a space for considerations of agency and power in relation to the social, cultural, and political conditions that inform institutional access and publicness, culminating in an exercise in which participants realized new potentials for Open Access in their communities.

*This event was a repeat of Carmen Papalia's workshop on July 19.


Canadian artist Carmen Papalia makes participatory, socially engaged projects on the topic of access as it relates to public space, the art institution and visual culture. In early 2015, Papalia served as Artist-in-Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK and at the Model Contemporary Art Centre, Sligo, Ireland, where he assumed the role of Access Coordinator, making site specific interventions in response to the long history of disabling practices at each institution. He recently finished a project in collaboration with Sara Hendran and students from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering to develop an acoustic mobility device. Papalia’s work has been featured as part of exhibitions and engagements at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, CUE Art Foundation in New York City, the Grand Central Art Center at California State University, Fullerton, the Portland Art Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others.