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SiQ for 8Ball Community TV

A MESSAGE TO ABLE-BODIED VIEWERS & VOYEURS:

This video was created to inspire and activate our able-bodied peers to join us in the ongoing work of disability advocacy. Disability is not solely an issue of medicine or health, nor just an issue of sensitivity or compassion; rather it is an issue of politics and power(lessness), power over, and power to. Transformation is direly needed in order to address erasure of marginalized identities, racial hierarchies, policing points of view, and moments of careerism over coalition. We need your support and your contribution to our fight for justice is invaluable.

Special thank you to Morgan Brill and Ali Mcnair for collaborating on this project with us!

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[frame 1]: A computer interface shows on the screen, it has a black background with white digital text. AS THE COMPUTER STARTS UP THERE IS A MECHANICAL BREATHY SOUND... On the left hand side words and numbers starting from the top, start rotating down as new information is revealed. On the upper right hand corner reads SIQ in a 3D chrome angular text.

[frame 2]: A pixelated desktop photo of the classic green-hill-blue-sky computer background with pixelated colorful folder icons on the left side. Popped up on the desktop are four old-school style browsers with tan search bars at the top with an an exit button (square with an X in it) on the top right. Browsers from left to right: A white Magic Wand with a black accessible attachment that can screw clamp to a surface to acheve hands-free use; a round tan white noise machine; browser header says “1-800-SICK-IN QUARTERS” with a photo of someone's abdomen, white underwear and legs with the overlaid text “LONELY? LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO CARE FOR? Hundreds of disabled lovers just waiting for you to help combat the medical industrial complex with them!” and a tan rectangular button that says, “SAVE THEM!”; browser header says “HOW SIQ ARE YOU TODAY?” with the classic Wong-Baker Pain Rating Scale, which shows a line segment ranging from No Pain, 0, to Moderate Pain, 5, to Worst Pain, 10. Beneath the line segment are 6 circle line drawing faces ranging from smiley face at 0 to a misery face at 10. All faces are white, except the 10 face is filled in with black.

[frame 3]: Once “SAVE THEM” is clicked, a malware screen pops up. A CACKLING WITCH-LIKE LAUGHTER SHRIEKS IN THE BACKGROUND. The screen has a large black skull and cross bones in the center. The background is made up of varying blocks of green, black, red, beige, and gray all arranged in a varying checkered pattern. Some blocks have the word SIQ repeated in a digital font.

[frame 4]: A pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily, yet somewhat overwhelmingly, adds to the frame. At the center is a black rectangular browser with “DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE” at the top and in a white serifed font says, “Simple answers collapse easily, while complexities pile up, layer upon layer.” The browsers in this slide include a box with a series of up close photos of eyeballs; three browsers that show photos of a person's limbs covered in medical dressings; two pie charts that show Associations to Special Needs (18% Positive, 33% Neutral, 49% Negative) and Associations to Disability (22% Negative, 37% Neutral, 41% Negative) with the key being Green = Positive, Yellow = Neutral, and Red = Negative; a tan browser with a starburst that says “ACCESS INTIMACY” inside;

[frame 5]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “We constitute each other and are vulnerable to each other.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 6]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “We are responsible for others, not just for ourselves.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 7]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “Not only do we need each other and carry a responsibility for each other.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 8]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “Our learning is dependent upon our openness to the differences of others.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 9]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “Our learning is dependent upon our openness to the differences of others.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 10]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “Through such imagining we can reconceive our subjectivity as a porous boundary.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 11]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “enabling new perspectives where one is not the presumptive center.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 12]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “We must recognize each other as diverse and complex entities - models for emulation.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 13]: DISABLED BOT SPEAKS IN A CLEAR MONOTONE METALLIC VOICE continues to read from black box in the center. Slides 4-13 features a pixelated grayscale computer desktop background with a growingly crowded series of overlapping browsers steadily yet somewhat overwhelmingly added to each slide. At the center is a black rectangular browser with a white serifed font that says, “and identification, objects of care and hospitality, and subjects of our own destiny.” The added browsers in this slide include represents personal experiences from the disability community. Images range from selfies with bandages, references to medical bills, medical photography, med coupons, medical objects, hospital interiors, charts, disability memes. All images being used are to convey the disabled experience to able bodied populations.

[frame 14]: Three identical old school browser-like vertical images aligned next to each other with a tan bar at the top and an exit button (square with an X in it) on the right side of each of the three browser bars. The main image in these repetitive browsers is a person’s arm, which extends at an upward diagonal toward the white ceiling and flourishes with their bandaged middle finger extended while their thumb holds their pointer finger down. Much of their weeping flesh is covered with large sterile hydrocolloid dressings, which look like large, sticky, semi-opaque overlapping sections of a stretchy medical material. 

[frame 15]: A tan rectangular box stylized like an old school web browser with an exit button (square with an X in it) on the top right. The text reads “advocacy /advəkəsē noun a process of supporting and enabling people to express their views, access information and services, find out about options, make decisions, and secure their rights.” A large rectangular “COMMIT” button is clicked at the bottom of the box.

[frame 16]: LOUD MOTIVATING MUSIC PLAYS IN BACKGROUND, A SONG THAT WOULD BE IN A CAR COMMERCIAL IN THE 80’s. Red background with the SiQ logo at the top in a slightly pixelated silvery metallic style. To the left of the logo is a white outline of a starburst with www.SickInQuarters.Com in all caps and in white font. Underneath is the text, “As the virus rages on, abled bodies and minds are challenged with facing their own loss of control. We must continue to explore opportunities for resistance and creative change, while recognizing that across the globe, there are ongoing struggles for the most basic rights and survival. During the time of a pandemic it is imperative to make the choice to protect your friends, family and community -- are you willing to commit to fighting for the safety of others? Sick in Quarters (SIQ) is a network of disabled and chronically ill artists and activists, connected to each other and working in collaboration through the internet."