The AIM lab will be a space to tinker, learn, experiment, improvise and create with a range of equipment: hands-on tools, machines and digital media. These resources will be used to create and research access, invent affordances, experiment with critical media, design fashion items and more. The goal is to exchange, design and prototype access and interventions of all kinds that are shaped by the creativity and knowledge of disabled people.
AIM lab is currently working with its members, as well as expert consultants, to learn which equipment will be most desirable, accessible and adaptable for its user base. We are excited to learn and experiment together on how to make the equipment accessible to users with different forms of disability, even if it may not be accessible out-of-the-box.
At the moment, our equipment resources are organized into three categories: affordances-inventors, media makers and access exchange events.
The machines and tools in this section serve the purpose of making critical design objects and interventions. A 3D printing station will be used to model, prototype, imagine and create objects that are based on and guided by the everyday experiences and expertise of disabled people. The idea is not to create technological “solutions” or rehabilitative tools. Rather, we will use a process-based, research-creation framework in making tools, devices, and a variety of innovative and artistic access artifacts. For example: a braille logo, a hearing aid fashion accessory, innovative affordances to accessibilize cameras and other media equipment, etc. A simple sewing machine station will offer the tools to imagine and create clothes, accessories and other fashion items.
This section encompasses a range of digital media technology: cameras, microphones, field recorders, lighting equipment, and other accessories. With these tools, members can document their research process, as well as create films, documentaries, experimental video and sound art.
We will offer cameras that suit a range of aesthetics, skill levels and needs. Complex digital SLR cameras can create a cinematic look, while camcorders and action cameras can be used for filming on the go and in movement, with little prior training required. Each camera will be accompanied by a full kit of accessories.
In addition to cameras, AIM will offer portable sound recording technologies: microphones, field recorders, and binaural microphones.
Finally, AIM will provide computers and workstations where members can edit and do post-production work on their media creations.
Access Exchange Events (AXE)
The access exchange equipment is oriented towards interactive meetings both within the lab space and outside of it and in hybrid formats. It includes stationary equipment within the lab, such as a projector and television.