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Disability, Innovation, and Cultures: Lovely Cats Made of Care Bears’ Leggings

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Speaker: Keir Williams


Who is an innovator? What is innovation? In this lecture Dr Keir Williams, Lecturer in Design at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will consider these questions by reflecting on a series of case studies from the world of disability arts and culture. It will draw on models of disability, social media influencers and tourettes-led superheroes.


Keir is a creative technologist, educator and researcher. Underpinning his approach to all three is a philosophy that recognises the potential for art, design and technologies to make and take on practical and effective roles in wider society and culture. His innovation research and practice considers participatory processes and structures in relation to accessibility, performance, advocacy and the potential of ‘playing the fool’ in all three. He has created commissions for organisations including TATE, ICA London, PS1 New York and Chapter Gallery, Cardiff. His recent creative technology work has included a performance and research residency in the arctic circle, and an oral history project with the MShed museum Bristol. Recent research projects include an ethnographic study on developing technologies for SEN mixed ability classrooms and an innovation training project with former Prisoners in Bristol.

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