Who is in? Participation, inclusion and access in art

Underviser: Michaela Kühn Jara

Kontaktperson: Morten Tandrup, mta@rmc.dk

This module is about participation, inclusion and access in art and examines ways in which, for instance, the composer opens the doors for the listener, or how the teacher opens the doors for the pupil. We will start by looking at participation as a way to question taken-for-granted modes of productions, to go deeper into accessibility practices and aesthetics of access.

We will examine concrete access practices from performing arts and music; we will discuss selected topics based on so-called crip theory (which focuses on the intersection of queer studies and disability studies); we will get familiar with some artists with disabilities and their work.

The students will be asked to relate their own work to these notions and reflect further: How can inclusion take place within my own work as a musician/composer/producer? How are the formats we currently use excluding/including others? How can the participatory aspect of the work be at the center of a creative practice?

NB: The module will be conducted primarily in English, but the lecturer speaks and understands Danish as well.


An interest in questioning conventional modes of creating and listening. Ideally some experience or interest in interdisciplinarity, as examples from performing arts (mainly dance) in collaboration with music will be thematised.


Ved afslutningen af modulet skal den studerende:

  • Have understood basic concepts related to participation and inclusion in arts.
  • Have challenged one’s perception of what art and culture can be.
  • Have reflected upon the inclusive aspect of one’s own work as well as the works of other artists.
  • Have achieved insights about overall ideas of collaborations between different arts forms, mainly performing arts and music.


Der arbejdes med følgende områder:

  • Inclusion and participation in the arts
  • Accessibility practices
  • Crip theory

  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Group work
  • Practical exercises


Holdstørrelse, normalt 8-9 studerende


A self-chosen topic must be explained within the framework of the module in the form of a so-called reflection essay of 5 standard pages. The essay is submitted in WISEflow before the deadline, set by the Study Administration.


Alison Kaffee (2013) Feminist, Queer, Crip

Thomas Turino (2008) Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation

Howe, Blake, Jensen-Moulton, Lerner (2015) The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies

Johanna Hedva’s Disability Access Rider and Sick Woman Theory

DIY Access Guide from Attitude is everything (http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/diyaccessguide)

Instructive texts for Audio Descriptions by Jess Curtis

TED talks (Amber Galloway Gallego, Neil Harbisson, between others) and short YouTube clips, as well as artists’ webpages and videos.


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