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Atlas of an Unbroken World


Laura Cechanowicz


Part 1: THURS, JAN 4 | 4:30 - 6 PM (MST)
Part 2: THURS, JAN 4 | 6 - 7:30 PM (MST)
Large Flex 2

This alternative workshop format includes two back to back 1.5 hour sessions that build on one another. Activities will vary and build sequentially, but you are welcome to attend the first session, second session, or both.

This workshop involves playtesting a journey that begins with short activities including cards, followed by a storytelling game to introduce our impromptu collective to varying circumstances disabled individuals face in the present world, including some solutions they have imagined throughout the prior ideation phases of this project. Building from our own present identities and realities, we will then use short form storytelling during this journey to collaboratively imagine alternative futures that could acknowledge and address some of these research informed, specific issues of accessibility and quality of life.

This experience is part sharing the expertise of your own identity, and part learning about the lives of others. Through a guided and improvisational role playing game (type) format, we will explore how we perform and produce our/Selves as individuals in a shared world, while also considering the changes we would want in the future if (and when) our own bodies change. Through exposure to research from disabled individuals who have shared their experiences and visions of the future, we will produce our additions to the atlas of an unbroken world, ideally walking away with a greater understanding of the variety of human experience, as well as hopefully a deeper sense of self.


This project has been supported by collaborators and participants around the world in Brazil, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Denmark, the United States, and Chile, with special mention for the CounterPlay Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. It has been supported by ASU, the USC ACE-Nikaido Fellowship, and the University of Southern California, through multiple fellowships, including through the Rehabilitation Futures Project, with initial outcomes and funder information viewable here: It further includes ideas incubated during the 2023 Leonardo CripTech Metaverse Incubator.