DisFluency Exhibition

Exhibition, 2011
Co-curator, Designer

An exhibition that examines universal aspects of inhibited communication in Aronson Gallery (The New School).

Photo by Michelle Calabro

Featuring works by Ricardo Dominguez, Brendan Fernandes, Nina Katchadourian, Erica Duffy-Voss, and Krzysztof Wodiczko, the exhibition examines universal aspects of inhibited communication by investigating synergies between works created in the areas of art and design. Additionally, we’re attempting to foster transdisciplinary participation across therapeutic, technological and pedagogical fields to investigate issues that affect fluent communication.

disfluency | ˌdis floōənsē|
Within the clinical realm, ‘dysfluency’ is a real word used as a diagnostic requisite for a speech disorder. By its very nature, the addition of the prefix ‘dys’ to fluency, negates the word and connotates dysfunction. Emerging from a common interest in how the act of stuttering affects the lives of stutterers, DisFluency examines how each of us is effected by compromised communication, and questions whether divergence from the fluent norm is always a ‘dys’.

Inhibited communication is a universal human condition, and as such, is in danger of oversight, misunderstanding and being met with complacency. As designers, technologists, and artists, we question how art and design can overcome obstacles to fluency, and investigate the mechanisms through which these obstacles arise and persist.

How can artists and designers address communication disruption practically, theoretically, technologically and clinically? What role do new forms of technology play to bridge political, social and clinical divides? What effect can artistic practices have in the forms of games workshops, dialog, or performance?

Aronson Gallery, The New School
November 28 – December 19

Curated by George Bixby, Jeanna Hamilton and Ryan Raffa
Faculty Advisors: Melanie Crean and David Carroll
More information at www.disfluencyexhibition.org

DisFluency Exhibition Opening – November 28, 2011

Photos by Michelle Calabro