Jess Thom
Disability Culture In A Time Of Pandemic
October 29 | 12.00 h
Admission free
In English + simultaneous translation into German + DGS + English audio description + english subtitles

Touretteshero co-founder Jess Thom examines and reflects on the barriers and opportunities that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown. Jess asks her audience to consider how we can work together to make a world that suits a broad spectrum of bodies and minds. As systems and structures start to spin back up, Jess argues that now is the ideal time to create a truly inclusive and socially just society.

“The response to COVID-19 has revealed how quickly change can happen when it’s deemed to be in everyone’s best interests. It reveals that nothing we think of as being unchangeable, actually is. Now we all know this, I want to see more action when it comes to eliminating systemic inequality.” Jess Thom

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The online lecture will go on for 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute-long Q&A. The online lecture is as relaxed as your home environment: Make yourself comfortable and adjust the sound volume and light level on your computer to your needs. If you want, you can turn on and off during the show, retreat to another room for a break or simply close your laptop. Silence is, of course, not obligatory. Jess Thom gives the lecture in English spoken language with English audiodescription. There are English subtitles and a translation into German Sign Language by Oya Ataman. The information on accessibility is continuously updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact or 030 29 87 00 35.

JESS THOM is co-founder of Touretteshero and may or may not lead a secret double life as a superhero. Artist, playworker, and expert fundraiser, Jess currently helps coordinate a large play project in South London. Jess has had tics since she was a child but wasn’t diagnosed with Tourettes until she was in her twenties. With some encouragement from her friends, Jess decided to turn her tics into a source of imaginative creativity and the Touretteshero project was born.

WITH Jess Thom simultaneous translation into German Barbara Kagon, Jil Richter DGS TRANSLATION Oya Ataman, Katharina Cordts english subtitles Veerle Haverhals

Supportet by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.