Mary Corey March


Mixed Media Participatory Installation: 3D printed boxes with paper statements about access housing card-reading electronics, RFID cards (over 200 uniquely hand-colored cards), servers, projections of data visualisations. Dimensions variable (first iteration is 20' x 3' 3" not including visualisations) (2019). This piece was done with the technical collaboration and input of Daniel Garcia (now deceased).


The statements focus on different kinds of everyday access a person may or may not have based on Gender, Education, Finances, Race, Orientation, Disability, Mental Health, Social Circumstances, Culture, Language, etc. Each participant marks "Yes" or "No" as to whether they have access to a particular thing. Many flexible data visualisations are possible to illustrate our shared access blocks, and also to show us what we have to be grateful for. Many statements apply to multiple groups.  For example "I can go through my day without having my body being a constant subject of commentary." is an access block for women, trans people, nonbinary people, disabled people and more. In the links between statements, intersections of human experience become visible as well as the challenges our society faces to becoming fully accessible to everyone.

The first version of the piece was done with a specific, known audience in mind, so any problems of access to the piece were solved for that group. Future versions will be accessible to the blind, and those speaking other languages.  Ideally the wall for the statements will also be much longer, allowing easier access for those who are shorter or in wheelchairs.

For this version, data visualisations with a color matching the color of card the participant picked on are either side of the piece on two large monitors. The "Yes" responses were on the left, and the "No" responses were on the right. Future iterations of the piece will expand the data visualsations, and could include projections, even potentially 3D-mapping projections.


Each participant selects a card with a color to represent them. They then go through the statements on the boxes, first scanning their card and then selecting "Yes" or "No" to indicate whether they have access in the case of that statement.