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Productivity Without Productivity: Crip Theory, Interspecies Collaboration, and Material Art Practice


Productivity Without Productivity: Crip Theory, Interspecies Collaboration, and Material Art Practice

Jung, Katie (2019) Productivity Without Productivity: Crip Theory, Interspecies Collaboration, and Material Art Practice. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Productivity Without Productivity aims to imagine new futures for disability by performatively reading crip theory’s non-assimilation version of disability studies in new and unconventional ways into the methods of art practice. I develop research-creation as crip method that enacts crip theory as a non-normative method for art practice in order to see what new forms and modes of living it can produce. Rather than making accommodations to do things in normalized ways, what non-normative practices can be produced? I examine this question through a series of experimental projects: Tidelines/Field-guide, a print-based project that explore processes of transformation and disappearance through trace-making and cartography techniques; Spoons Dog, an ongoing collaboration between myself and my service dog, Spoons; Flowers of outre-vie, an ongoing, ritual practice of making brooms from discarded funeral flowers; and Shifting Objects, a process-based project informed by DIY, artisanal ceramic repairing techniques. Engaging the generative intersection of crip theory, interspecies collaboration, and material art practice, these crip-creation projects cultivate time-consuming, quotidian, ritual practices of living and care, object repair, listening, conversation (with human and nonhuman others as well as materials) that do not require assimilation into efficiency-driven disciplinary norms. Together these projects develop an account of “productivity without productivity” that unhinges neoliberal structures of productivity and value, while cultivating desire for what disability disrupts. In so doing, my interdisciplinary projects contribute new avenues of material exploration for crip theory and critical disability studies, while providing a crip theory framework for material art practice.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Jung, Katie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:19 May 2019
Thesis Supervisor(s):April, Raymonde and Hughes, Lynn and Peers, Danielle
Keywords:Productivity, Crip Theory, Service Dog, Interspecies Collaboration, Material Art Practice, Disability, Critical Disability Studies, Trace-making, Transformation, Crip Time, Non-Assimilation, Ritual Practice, Brooms, Flowers, Time-Consuming, Desire, Crip Futurity, Strange Temporalities, De-composition, Composition Theory, World-making, Interspecies Cohabitation, Affecting and Being Affected, Spoons Theory, Being Different Together, Fixed-in-transformation, Meshing, Tideline, Dogness, incoherence, Labour, Outre-vie, Afterlife, Compulsory Nostalgia, Ceramic Repair, Material Conversation, Process-based Practices
ID Code:985835
Deposited By: K. Jung
Deposited On:05 Feb 2020 02:46
Last Modified:05 Feb 2020 02:46


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