Sarah Hayden’s talk ‘Starting to think about Access and the Moving Image’ available online

Published date: 03 Jun 2022

Recently aemi attended the online talk Making Access Work, the first of a series of events across 2022 from The Art of Captioning research group, supported by the British Art Network – more info here. The Art of Captioning is co-led by Hannah Wallis (Artist and Curator; Assistant Curator, Wysing Arts Centre) and Sarah Hayden (Associate Professor in Literature and Culture, University of Southampton, AHRC Innovation Fellow: Voices in the Gallery), and was set up to explore the development of arts access from the perspective of those who translate, interpret and describe sound and image.

This event served as a welcome reminder of Sarah Hayden’s brilliant online talk ‘Starting to thing about Access and the Moving Image’ presented with aemi earlier in the year. Sarah’s talk asked: what does it mean, and what does it take, to make moving image more accessible? What purposes do captioning and audio description serve?

The recording of Sarah Hayden’s presentation ‘Starting to thing about Access and the Moving Image’ remains available on aemi’s YouTube channel, and is an extremely useful resource for anyone making or programming moving image work. The event transcript, and Sarah Hayden’s references and citations, can be downloaded here.

Image: still from Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan’s Captioning on Captioning (2020), courtesy of the artists