Bridging the Digital Divide: Dancing with Hands, Legs, and Wheels
‘The Digital Divide’ is a term most often used to describe the gap between the ‘haves and have-nots’ of technology provision – the chasm that still looms large between the ‘developed and developing worlds’. But for many, that divide is a physical one, and is located much closer to home. Whether it is the empty IT cupboard at a local school or community centre, or the view from the cameras rigged atop the Olympic site viewing tower, there is not yet anything like an even and accessible ‘ramp’ between rich and poor, privilege, ability and access.This lecture will be spoken, sung, and animated with live interaction from dancer/choreographer Bobby Byrne & musician/composer Colm O’Snodaigh of KILA. Our work together for the past four years has involved ‘dancing with legs, wheels and hands’ in many countries, and applying the practices of inclusive performance and universal design to the theory and emerging scholarly field which we call, ‘the Informatics of Bodies in Space and Time’.