Our workshop began with an ‘Access Check’, a process whereby we each shared our anticipated access needs for the workshop.
The Access Check allowed us to co-design the social space of the workshop. We’d already done the material work of bringing in live-captioning, providing a microphone, ensuring the space was scent-free (or reasonably close to it) and had worked to remove other physical barriers. Our work this morning was directed at ensuring that our working process mitigated the psycho-emotional ableism that contrours and permeates our everyday interactions. While we make no claim to creating a safe space per se, we hope that together we generate a space that promotes what Mia Mingus calls ‘access intimacy’.
Establishing the groundwork for access intimacy is especially salient given we were about to share our chemical stories – stories tied to embodied and enminded difference its use to mask uneven social relations.
One of the ways we created access intimacy is through a slower, more considered pace to the early workshop activities. Our first day reflected elements of crip time – later starts, frequent breaks and the temporal space to be flexible with and responsive to one another. Kirsty referred to this as co-constructed temporality; in this instance a crip temporality that propelled us into an intensive attention to the immediate.
While it’s still to early to share some of the intial storytelling, we are interested in how this attention to our current working process relates to our planned speculative endeavours to (re)imagine crip futures.