The AIM LAB engages access creatively, critically, and curiously, rather than legally, institutionally, and retroactively. The AIM Lab is concerned, not with what access is, but with what access could be. To that effect, we collectively experiment, improvise, and speculate.
The AIM Lab draws on disability activism and scholarship, centers the knowledge, skills, and virtuosity of disabled people in the making of access. At the AIM Lab, we practice, what we call, “access as research-creation”. Research-creation refers to when the doing of hands-on artistic or media work becomes the process of research itself. Practicing “access as research-creation” means to not taking things for granted, and instead being ready for surprises, failures, conflicts, and tensions. In engaging access as research-creation, the AIM Lab promotes unlearning, letting go of assumptions, fostering access intimacy, and collectively working towards accessible futures.
At the flexible and open space of AIM Lab, we provide tools and equipment (including 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machine, audio-video kits) to respond to the questions of how to make things work within limits, and how to create access that does not yet exist. Our doors are open to anyone (including guide dogs and other companions) who want to join our curious crew of access-tinkerers and affordance-creators.