Okpokwasili’s fierce choreography reflects her minute attention to utterance and gesture as emotional physicality, and to how physicality untethers language
This is because even inclusive technology is still often guided by the belief that disability must be cured. Cure is goal oriented, causal and finite. Cure assumes that when a user is in one state, typically illness or impairment, they can get to the other state, a complete negation of their previous one, through technological or medical means. This assumes the given state only exists as a problem to be solved, and that its negation is an obvious moral good. While the narrative of cure applies to people who are ill or temporarily impaired, disabled people need a different conceptual framework. Even with the most advanced technology, disability can not and—sometimes should not—disappear from people. There are disabled people whose relationship with their own bodily functions and psychological capabilities cannot be considered in a linear movement from causation to result, where narratives of technology as cure override the real varieties in people’s needs and conditions and falsely construct binary states—one or the other, abled or disabled—shadowing everything between or outside of those options.