Disability, techno-bodies, and the question of autonomy.

October 21, Kampnagel, Hamburg


What we call ‘disability’ has the potential to challenge our accustomed ways of thinking about individuality, normality, and care. Unusual assemblages of bodies and technologies, communication forms outside the norm, and lived dependencies on others open multifaceted perspectives onto what we call ‘human’. Whether disabled or not, humans use technology and need the support of others to take part in the world. Or as Donna Haraway puts it: “We’re always in the thick of it”. We have never been autonomous.

People with disabilities live in a close-knit community with technological, social, and human actors. They are part of a network, in which autonomy and agency are not so much possessed as shared. Looking through the prism of dis/ability enables subtle and imaginative perspectives on the interconnections between prostheses and bodies, capabilities and incapabilities, help and ethics.

The Blackmarket attempts to bring together areas, which generally do not belong together in public perception: the reality of physical and mental disability with critical visions on the future of the body and society. Wheelchair users, biohackers, cyborgs, post-, trans- and para-humans and humanists, sign language users, physicians, prosthetists, ethicists, robotic experts and the neuro-divergent, artists, technological prophets and critics come together to invent an ethics for contemporary bodies.

Team Mobile Academy Berlin:
Hannah Hurtzig: Artistic Director
Sarah Lewis: Curator and project manager
Marian Kaiser: Curator
Cristina Navaro: Artistic production assistance
Philipp Hochleichter: Company Management

Team Eucrea, Hamburg
Jutta Schubert: Managing Director and curator
Project Assistants:
Lea Dietschmann: research and interviews
Kyra Lanman: PR and production
Anke Böttcher: production and administration

Friday, October 21 2016
KAMPNAGEL, Jarrestraße 20, Hamburg
Begin: 7.30 pm
Check-in opens at 6.30 pm


A Project of the 'Mobile Akademie Berlin' in Cooperation with EUCREA e.V and Kampnagel.

Sponsoren: Kampnagel, British Council, Elbkulturfonds