Mixed Feelings | Saverio & Crip Rave

With Saverio, and Creative Studios

Revolution is written into the origins of electronic music, where the genres, sounds, and spaces of rave culture have been crafted through Queer, Trans*, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour resistance.

Informed by this legacy, Crip Rave™ centres Crip, Disabled, Deaf, Mad and Sick communities within expressive and innovative electronic music spaces. Structural barriers, ableism, industry standards, and cultural norms have largely resulted in inaccessible rave spaces and the exclusion of Crip bodyminds. Setting up an electronic music event so that all people can enter a venue is crucial, but accessibility requires us to go further— to centre disability in every aspect of planning so that all people can feel safe, comfortable, have their access needs met and their talents reflected in rave culture.

Crip Rave™ Collective was created by Renee Dumaresque and Stefana Fratila, two Crip organizers who are passionate about electronic music and envision a world where rave sites are accessible to everyone. Together, they have hosted both in-person and virtual raves and workshops, participated on panels at Nowadays (New York) and MUTEK (Montréal), and consulted with festivals and event promoters to enhance the accessibility of their offerings. The ‘collective’ in their name refers to the artists, collaborators, teachers, ASL interpreters, graphic designers, access support workers, and lineages of Disability Justice and Crip community wisdom that make their events possible.

This project is an ever-evolving series and a work-in-progress that moves in tandem with community needs, feedback, and collaboration.

Transcript and extra information available here: https://pad.riseup.net/p/r.ef9a5b49ee19dd8a716db8477fab57c1

This show was produced in collaboration with Creative Studios Berlin.