Serious Play - Lessons in Learning/Unlearning: Alt-Text as Poetry
Play has traditionally been understood as an activity of childhood; an essential space that allows children to learn to recognize patterns and systems within our cultures. How does the practice of play transform when it is removed from the confines of recreation and applied to the processes of artistic creation? These events embrace forms of childhood play through the use of experimentation, chance, and failure, and grant us momentary freedom from the restrictive rules and limitations that burden us in our everyday lives. BRIC is proud to present a series of public programs in conjunction with Serious Play: Translating Form, Subverting Meaning where play offers us a space to engage in the difficult issues we face in the 21st-century such as the over-saturation of digital content, overlooked forms of accessibility, and the uncomfortable lexicon of systemic oppression that afflicts African American communities.
If you’re not a web developer redesigning a website or a marketing manager ensuring your company’s website is ranking well on Google, the chances are you might not know what alt-text is. Alt-text is an essential pillar in accessible web design. Its primary purpose is to describe images to visitors who are unable to view them; whether because of browsers that block images or because a viewer is visually impaired or unable to identify an image. Alt-text ensures all users, regardless of visual ability, can access an image on a website.
Led by Shannon Finnegan and Bojana Coklyat, this workshop will explore how alt-text —an element in web design whose wording often values less creative needs like algorithms and click throughs —can possibly be reframed through poetry writing as a liberatory art practice.