Unlearning Disability

Taught by:
Taeyoon Choi
Apr 16 — 17, 2016

This workshop is part of the Summit on Pedagogy.

Unlearning is not “not-learning,” it’s the process of disengagement from conventional methods found in most schools and learning environments. It’s questioning of the way certain knowledge is produced, distributed and obtained. It’s a deliberate dismissal of the power structure inert in the knowledge.

In this workshop, we will focus on unlearning the idea of disability. Judith Butler, in conversation with Sunaura Taylor, describes disability as the “social organization of impairment” and a word that’s used as a form of social repression. We will examine disability as the invisible wall that has been built to protect the ideals of abled, “normal” bodies. We will transform this notion of normalcy, by investigating experiences of conflict that we all inhabit in our bodies. We will also explore open source tools, online and mobile environments for developing technological and cultural literacy around this topic. We are at the dawn of change with an opportunity to embrace a new notion of accessibility, diversity, ability and inclusive learning.

Please contact the organizer in advance if you need special assistance, ASL interpretation or wheel chair access.


Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist who’s passionate about diversity and accessibility in the technological world. Taeyoon’s solo exhibitions include those at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, NY; Spanien 19c, Aarhus, Denmark; and Art Space Hue, Seoul, South Korea. His works have also been featured in group exhibitions at Nam June Paik Art Center, South Korea; the Shanghai Biennale, China, and performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, among others. Taeyoon has held residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University; and the Art + Technology Lab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Taeyoon is a co-founder of the School of Poetic Computation, New York, where he organizes sessions and teaches classes that meld computer history, theory, and social practice. At SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016, Taeyoon will organize Uncertainty school which focuses on unlearning the idea of disability and on embracing uncertainty and difference.