Printing a new story : self-representation, disability, and digital fabrication

Hurley, UK ORCID: 2019, 'Printing a new story : self-representation, disability, and digital fabrication' , European Journal of Life Writing, 8 (2019) , DM171-DM196.

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This essay presents an account of an AHRC Connected Communities Innovation project which used creative writing techniques as a process for generating personally meaningful digitally-fabricated objects, probing the potential of making practices to catalyse cultural change with and for disabled people. This account explores the processes and products of experimental approaches to digital fabrication, speculating that they may be understood as a kind of poetic language, capable of generating counter-hegemonic narratives, which may be read as acts of self-presentation. Digital fabrication’s literal/metaphorical qualities are read through the lens of ‘complex embodiment’, proposing that this technology may be particularly suited to inclusive auto/biographical expression, empowering disabled people to print new stories for and about themselves.

Keywords: Digital fabrication; disability; complex embodiment; counter-hegemonic narratives; poetic practice

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Life Writing
Publisher: International Auto/Biography Association (IABA Europe)
ISSN: 2211-243X
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Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 09:42
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:51

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