Starting from Zero was a creative research project which investigated disabled artists and cultural workers’ access to culture throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Over the course of several months in 2021 and 2022 we invited artists and cultural workers with disabilities to take an anonymous survey. To those of you who participated THANK YOU!
The results of the survey can be experienced in multiple ways.
You may view and download written analysis of the survey here (link).
You may listen to and read a text-based audio play inspired by responses to the survey here (link).
You may view and download poster images inspired by quotes from the survey here (link).
Presented as a creative intervention in the form of posters displayed throughout Berlin, we hope these images will encourage continued dialogue and exchange around access to culture.
WE INVITE YOUR CONTINUED RESPONSE.
If you find a Starting From Zero poster in Berlin, snap a picture of it! Include yourself in the image! And feel free to add a statement of your own. You are welcome to share it with us via email (link). We will periodically post responses to our social media channels.
We don’t think this conversation is over!
Decisions about degrees of access are political- they create borders and boundaries that determine who is in and who is out, limiting both the production and consumption of knowledge.
Many people have rejected the idea that the end of the pandemic means a “return to normal” but instead, see it is an opportunity to change our cultural sector.
We invite you to continue responding (in images or words) to the following questions from our survey. Share your responses with us via email (link) and we will periodically post them to our social media channels.
What cultural shifts have you noticed as a result of the pandemic?
We would like to know:
If we are starting from zero, what kind of future do we want to build.
What useful things do we already have and what needs to change.
How can we use what we have experienced during the pandemic to inform and expand the collective potential of culture so that it includes artists and cultural workers with disabilities.
What should we keep? What should we add? What should we throw away?