Alt-Text as Poetry
Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Alt-text is an essential part of web accessibility, making visual content accessible to blind people and those with low vision. It is often overlooked altogether or understood through the lens of compliance, as an unwelcome burden to be met with minimum effort. How can we instead approach alt-text thoughtfully and creatively? In this workshop developed by artists Bojana Coklyat and Shannon Finnegan, we will reframe alt-text as a type of poetry and practice writing it together.
Workshop leader Shannon Finnegan is a multidisciplinary artist making work about disability culture and accessibility. She has done projects with Friends of the High Line, The Invisible Dog, and the Wassaic Project. In 2018 she received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. She is a resident at Eyebeam in 2019.