Welcome MOB-SHOP; stepping inside the Mobility Shop concept and exposing a hell-scape of clinical beige whilst trying to reimagine what the Mobility Shop of our disabled dreams could look like.
Each week for the month of this residency on The White Pube’s website I’ll be chatting to disabled and chronically ill people about Mobility Shops, mobility aids and devices. A transcript of the podcasts will also be made available on the website as a downloadable PDF **COMING SOON**. Using the Mobility Shop as a catalyst, these discussions aim to expose disabled experiences and where they sit in cultural consciousness; holding a spotlight to these peripheral spaces, and potentially offering new and better alternatives to the dreaded, grey-beige-purgatory of how they exist today. Disabled people all over the world are taking matters into their own hands and making their own aids and devices in brilliantly creative ways, but unfortunately these are the exception to the generic, medicalized spaces that most disabled people are forced to experience. Void of fashion, youth-culture and any form of autonomy and self-expression, Mobility Shops are a fascinating example of the excruciating, rigid, ableist narrative that cuts right to the heart of how society sees disabled people.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page and treat yourself to a wander round the interiors of different mobility shops via virtual tour!
MOB-SHOP WEEK 3
In this third episode of Mob-Shop, I chat to Jameisha Prescod. Jameisha is a filmmaker and video journalist from London. After getting diagnosed with Lupus in 2014, her work focused on exploring chronic illness and how it links to wider societal themes.
She is also a blogger and founder of You Look Okay To Me which is an online platform for chronic pain that creates blog posts, infographics, animated videos and short documentary content to raise awareness of chronic pain. You can find out more about Jameisha’s work on the website https://www.youlookokaytome.com/ and her Instagram page @youlookoktome
In this episode, Jameisha and I talk about using mobility aids intermittently, the horrors of using mobility aids on public transport, and the complexities of navigating how to signal your needs whilst being disabled in public. Click below to listen and enjoy!
**Transcript coming soon**
Thank you all for listening to this conversation as part of the mini series of podcasts for MOB-SHOP, really hope you enjoyed listening and hope you tune in for another episode next week - all previous episodes of the podcasts can be found on the page MORE MOB-SHOP (link at the top of this page).