Assistive technology for disabled visual artists: exploring the impact of digital technologies on artistic practice

Creed, Chris (2018) Assistive technology for disabled visual artists: exploring the impact of digital technologies on artistic practice. Disability & Society. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Disabled artists with physical impairments can experience significant barriers in producing creative work. Digital technologies offer alternative opportunities to support artistic practice, but there has been a lack of research investigating the impact of assistive digital tools in this context. This paper explores the current practice of physically impaired visual artists and their experiences around the use of digital technologies. An online survey was conducted with professional disabled artists and followed up with face-to-face interviews with ten invited artists. The findings illustrate the issues disabled artists experience in their practice and highlight how they are commonly using mainstream digital technologies as part of their practice. However, there is little awareness around novel forms of technology (e.g. eye gaze tracking) that present new creative opportunities. The importance of digital tools for supporting wider practice (i.e. administrative and business tasks) was also highlighted as a key area where further work is required.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA11: Computer Science and Informatics
Depositing User: Chris Creed
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 10:23
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6067

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