Knowledge platform curator 

Gallery of projects & products 

  • What are the possibilities 
  • What are the challenges 
  • Where do they intersect 

Organization of the Platform: 

  • Customizable for a wide range of users 
  • Each user can set terms that are remembered (like a “my profile” default setting for you) 
  • Visual and textual approach on the home page 
  • Indigeneity as a distinct access point 
  • Iterative, playful, shifting to respond to specific contexts 
  • Sound cloud model for sharing links 
  • Metadata template 
  • Allow artist contributors to co-design content [Symbol] links and information 
  • Personal curation of content 
  • Creating classroom content: build in the site  
  • E.g. “My class” 
  • Possibility of publishing this 
  • Suggested pathways through platform 
  • Access through intersections (e.g. aging/disability) 

 Journey through the Platform

Virtual bulletin board for posting writing circles, events, artist groups 

Teacher or educator user 

  • Accessing: online courses, galleries and virtual tours, workshops/courses 
  • E.g. of courses: business of art marking

Other content: 

  • Themed modules around particular issues for use in the classroom 
  • Newsfeed of current articles, events, profiles, etc.  
  • Films and interviews posted on the site from, for example, Reel Abilities Festival that may otherwise be hard to access 
  • Gallery of work with copyright/Attribution Guide on replicating and attributing work 
  • Artist bios 
  • Access audit: profile spaces on the platform? 
  • Video footage

Uses of the Platform

Space for commissioned art 

What’s an online form 

Art being used in ways 


  • Art that made you think  
  • Art as activism vs. art that’s not created for the public 

Response is transferable

Upfront on the platform: values and commitments  


  • Platform as a series of small websites/pages for each artist and organization 
  • Values and commitments 
  • Search engine/keywords 
  • Process of accountability: in the event of “flags” from community + a team response for taking flagging a process 
  • Model from Vimeo: open source, autonomy of use 
  • Networking and skill exchange/knowledge exchange (as forms of currency) 
  • Open moderated forum 
  • Tags and keywords 
  • Process of accountability 
  • Those who are not in the university [Symbol] artists and activists 
  • Financing 
  • Apply for money 
  • Money for things that happen through the site 
  • Grants that go to the platform and then go to different organizations [Symbol] project for awesome 
  • Money allocation from grants 
  • Inviting pitches from charities & orgs 
  • Labour: academics can apply for funding, and that’s why we end up with academics 
  • Guidelines for conduct: curatorially and submission 
  • Guided by best promises 
  • Who gets to be a curator 
  • Digitally codesigning: cross-country collaboration from different sides of the country 
  • Goes across physical borders 
  • Small successes 
  • Collective creations 
  • Best promises/practices 
  • Collection creation room 
  • Research 
  • Shared knowledges

Sharing stories of success

Exporting artist information and parameters of use 

Able to search keywords 

Contact info 

Additional resources/references 

An open room: power dynamics around who runs it 

  • Disability art: not inclusive; what’s the opportunity 
  • Online access issue: online already excludes people 
  • Being conscious of the exploitation of artists: if the work is available for teachers, how is the artist remunerated? 
  • Is this a safe thing to do? 
  • What is our scope? 
  • V-tape-educator has to pay: where is the control and how is it going to be used? 
  • Who is running the thing? Who is in the position of power?

Artist Portfolio 

  • Membership account: needs trust 
  • Profile 
  • Permissions and contact: teachers, public, private 
  • Check if you’re available or interested in: talks, commissions, publications, co-creation 
  • Uploading representations of the work, image, video, text, techniques (ask)  
  • Permissions and contact 
  • Adding descriptions for the works 
  • Adding other information 
  • Date 
  • Who used it? 
  • Group the work 
  • Create pop up catalogue 
  • Create artist talk, power point presentation, slide show


  • Membership account: 
  • Profile 
  • Uploading educational content: ASL, audio description, media 
  • Share with students, other teachers 
  • Collection: your content, works from the platform (with permissions) 
  • Create: lecture, powerpoint, etc.


  • Membership account 
  • Profile 
  • Uploading content: ASL, media, etc. 
  • Collection: your content, works from platform 
  • Find other modes i.e. ASL 
  • Find services e.g. ASL, interpreters, audio description, etc 
  • Create: catalogue, lecture 

At the centre: archive and user 

  • Surrounding this: Collections 
  • Outward from the centre: 
  • Audiences: art fan public 
  • Teachers and educators 
  • Lectures: easy way to create 
  • Resources 
  • Services: 
  • ASL interpreters 
  • Attendants 
  • Describers 
  • Consultants 
  • Curators: 
  • Catalogue 
  • Artist: 
  • Pop up gallery 
  • Catalogue 
  • Portfolio 
  • Processes  
  • Techniques 
  • Documentation

Streaming flow: 

  • Organizing event, artist talk included and a live stream service  
  • easily post stream to knowledge platform, with video hosting space, archived live streams  
  • embed anywhere; people click to watch on social media or on the platform 
  • Searching and collecting images of art  
  • centralized  
  • images from platform and elsewhere  
  • post and share own artwork  
  • get feedback and collaborate in space  
  • how to use (copyright info)  
  • learn about processes of other artists  
  • Learn about art history from other perspectives 
  • Way to access other people’s interpretations, comments on artwork (turn on or off)  
  • space to find art and people making it  
  • diversity of people making art  
  • interest in techniques, processes  
  • way to spend time, looking at current and past 
  • Work on art, want to learn new techniques and process  
  • may be instead of Google/Youtube hits  
  • tap information from this diverse community instead of Google  
  • curated/collective context  
  • coming back/keep track of information for later  
  • pop up catalogue  
  • quick and easy to use, reusable  
  • can be used outside of platform  
  • upload educational materials for reuse 
  • Artists: have states on how work is used [Symbol] control over it, ethical use 
  • Transparency, reciprocity 
  • Able to find, organize services via platform 
  • E.g., ASL interpreter, audio description, etc. 
  • Curatorial/journalist/research: 
  • Art 
  • Artist 
  • Collections 
  • Contacts people to interview 
  • Artist talks 
  • Live streaming events 
  • Attend artist events, including ones that were missed

Toronto Public Library example: ordering and saving pieces that are then shareable 

BIT itself is not the important piece; the work happening around BIT is 

Platform: singular, or collective?  

  • Are pieces within, or linked out from the platform? 
  • How will new pieces be added? 
  • How will it be kept sustainable? 
  • Unique: need extends beyond a) focus on Canadian Disability Art and b) Curricular aspect 
  • Connecting and fostering community: integrated 
  • Taking you to activism, academic, and artistic places 
  • As few “features” as possible: the more you have, the more challenging sustainability becomes 
  • Can think more about collecting and connecting 
  • Distant observer 
  • Stories, interpretation: getting multiple perspectives, letting people reflect and interpret 
  • Navigation 
  • Collecting 
  • Alive 
  • History 
  • Dynamic

Joe Linely (UK) working with Japanese government around how people take up design fictions on other sources of social media: the interaction is a part of the work, might make our own platform 

Knowledge Platform use for design fiction example: 

  • Co-designed over the summer 
  • “Chemical stories” 
  • Crude design concept 
  • Pain suit (vibratactile) 
  • Wear in a pain centre 
  • Harnesses relational experience of pain 
  • Motivation: non pharma, alternative to pain relief 
  • Starts from Facebook piece, questions about how build from there 
  • How to integrate the materiality of the project 
  • Actual page with fictions, or mock ups 
  • Relationship product and platform: linked or generated 
  • Question of how to represent a project in a way that respects its whole character, rather than reducing it to its didactic, interpretative, or research side-effects 
  • Would you describe things differently to different audiences? 




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