On Access Riders
Access docs / access riders / care riders are used by artists living with disability to ensure that their needs are met when working with others. They help to cover important issues prior to beginning a working relationship, allowing both the organization's team and artists to feel confident and comfortable in their interactions with each other.
For this report, artist Fabian Reichle joined the closing event of at7’s residency at Hotel Maria Kapel. Staci Bu Shea (CasCo Art Institute: Working for the Commons) hosted a workshop to develop a Care Rider. Inspired by “access docs,” a document that outlines the needs of a person living with disability, this tool facilitates conversations about what a collaborator needs in order to have equal access to work. The workshop explored planning-as-care, and found ways to foster informed consent and to invite greater accountability. Reichle attended the workshop and talked to Staci, Miriam Wistreich - art director of Hotel Maria Kapel, Bergur Anderson from at7 and participants of the workshop.
Project space at7
at7 is an artist initiative that shows and supports experimentation and (new) collaborations between artists. Between 2017 and 2019 at7 was located in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, where the collective hosted exhibitions, screenings, performances and dinner parties, bringing together artists and creatives from the entire world. at7 is currently run by Vera Mennens, M. Maria Walhout and Bergur Thomas Anderson.
Hotel Maria Kapel
Hotel Maria Kapel (HMK) is an artist-in-residence, exhibition space and cinema for contemporary visual art in the city centre of Hoorn; a historic town 40 kilometres north of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. HMK is a non-profit organization that aims to assist young as well as more established artists from all over the world in the production of new work and promote exchanges between national and international artists, cultural institutions and the public. The studio/exhibition space of HMK is located in an early 16th century chapel, surrounded by a semi-private courtyard.
Image: Bart Treuren
Artist / Organisation: at7
Location of the show: Hotel Maria Kapel
Host: Fabian Reichle
Producer: Fabian Reichle
Length: 39 min
at7 at Hotel Maria Kapel