Narratives of Alienation
The Narratives of Alienation Podcast project highlights the voices of individuals with dis/abilities. Using sound, I, along with participant volunteers, collaboratively created narratives that reworked what it means to feel alien using metaphors associated with dis/ability. The narratives included soundscapes, characters, and individual story episodes. Within these, the alien, alien technology, and the alien planet served as metaphors that offered a venue for narrative or counter-story. This created a platform to feel through others, and also enabled a way of making sense of oneself by concocting specific worldly reconfigurations or possibilities. It offers a way of seeing and imagining futurities in response to ableism. These narratives are presented as podcasts through a process of rearrangement, production, collection and sharing. The podcast format highlights sound art and collaboration and moves art beyond a representational role or an aesthetic object, to a performative role, a transport station, or a working-through, which offers potentialities (Ettinger, 2005). The making and collecting of these stories will begin to answer these questions: What is otherness in relation to dis/ability? How can art be used to negotiate otherness in relation to dis/ability? What happens in our encounters with each other? Can rethinking through speculative fabulation formulate an ecology of care?