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Pictured from left to right is Olivia Dreisinger, Cielo Saucedo, and Nat Decker. In this photo, Olivia is a white woman with a warm toned, shoulder-length brown hair with straight bangs, she is wearing a black blouse. In the middle, Cielo is a lighter-skinned Latine person (AFAB) with warm brown thick wavy hair, parted in the middle. Cielo is wearing a warm oranged-toned leather jacket. And on the right is Nat Decker, a white person (AFAB), with dark brown hair that is tied back.

Portrait of Eyebeam Democracy Machine Fellows 2024, Cripping_CG featuring in order from left to right: Olivia Dreisinger, Cielo Saucedo, and Nat Decker. Image Courtesy of Cripping_CG.

Current location
Los Angeles, CA, USA & Victoria, BC, Canada
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2024, Democracy Machine Fellow
Nat Decker, Cielo Saucedo, Olivia Dreisinger

Cripping_CG is a collective of disabled artists and access workers researching, creating, and archiving at the intersection of disability and computer graphics.

The construction of 3D computer generated worlds – within video games, simulated environments/virtual reality, animation, film VFX, digital art – depend on libraries of digital objects (assets), avatars, and animated motion. These can combine to offer hopeful and fantastical potentiality, but too often land within a projected normativity that mirrors real-world biases and patterns of exclusion. The disability community has long used various digital spaces as refuge and resource, but to search for disability in computer graphics (CG) libraries either renders few results or stigma-laden distortions: a wheelchair is available for download in a horror game pack, an atypical gait is animated for zombie character design, injury becomes a prop for war fantasies, assistive devices are hyper-medicalized or inaccurately depicted.

Cripping_CG promotes equity and authenticity within this context by creating a resource for digital crip worldbuilding and the opportunity for a more expansive and self-directed disability aesthetic within media arts. Disabled community members are asked to collaborate in populating the library with avatars, animation rigs, and 3D objects as unique personifications of disabled identity. These open-source assets will be made available for conditional use on a website for others to view, contribute, and use in their own projects. 

To inform the 3D assets, the archive combines interview questions with a bespoke “terms of use” agreement to create dimensional portraits of digital-disabled embodiment and encourage participant agency. Via an antagonistic approach to traditional methods of “documentation” and “capture,” the collective encourage participants to decide how/in what ways their bodies operate in digital space.

Eyebeam models a new approach to artist-led creation for the public good; we are a non-profit that provides significant professional support and money to exceptional artists for the realization of important ideas that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Nobody else is doing this.

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