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Talk: Sounds from a Black Hole

Submitted on Friday, March 10, 2023

Dis/Usability, a monthly cross-disciplinary speaker and workshop series at the intersection between technology and disability justice.

Dis/Usability is a collaboration between STREET Lab, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit (EDIU), DSA Accessibility Committee, and MISC Accessibility Interests Working Group at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information.

For our inaugural session on March 17, 2023, come learn about sonifications to represent data about black holes from Christine Malec, a blind artist, creator and advocate.

Talk description: Few things capture attention more than black holes. They are mysterious and seemingly unknowable. Yet, scientists have managed to not only prove they exist, but they have also figured out what sizes they come in, how they affect their surroundings, and even taken images of them. And they are not done yet. As we enter the next phase of black hole exploration using the latest data and expertise from NASA and other organizations around the world, we will look at the innovative ways we can make data on space more accessible using sonification.

Speaker bio: Christine Malec is an arts consultant, and member of the blind community. She’s been a lifelong space enthusiast and advocate of accessible astronomy. She’s an eager consumer of science sonifications, and has participated as a consultant on their production.

Register here.

Time: Fri, 17 March 2023, 10:30 – 12:00 EDT

Location: This is a hybrid event. You may either attend virtually on Zoom or in-person at the Learning Hub (4th floor, Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George St., Toronto).

Dis/Usability is made possible by the generous support of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit (EDIU), and the Centre for Global Disability Studies (CGDS).

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