Turn Illness into a Weapon, An Audio-English Translation curated by J.S. Shokrian is a collective reading and unauthorized translation of Turn Illness into a Weapon by the Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPK). SPK was a patients’ collective founded in Heidelberg, West Germany, in February 1970. Prefaced by Jean Paul Sartre, this anthology features multiple entries that resist the production of illness under capitalism, and radically reimagine doctor-patient relationships and society’s obligations to disabled citizens.
A reading of each of the text’s 44 chapters has been recorded by a member of the Wendy’s Subway community, such as Wendy’s Subway author and stuttering composer/writer JJJJJerome Ellis, artist and friend of the project Park McArthur, or someone who responded to an open call for readers on our social media platforms. The vast majority of readers are disabled, chronically ill, mad, and/or neurodivergent, providing a shared space for reflection and engagement with the text.
This audiobook is the first in a series of talking books of disability justice related titles which will serve Wendy’s Subway’s b/Blind and low-vision community members.
About JS Shokrian
Renegotiating the bounds of justice and aesthetics, JS Shokrian’s practice attends to disabled social life and its intersectional proliferations. Shokrian invests in emergent theoretical discourses and material practices of disclosure, consent, and surveillance technologies. Current engagements include a Senior Scholar Fellowship at Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, a talking book library of disability literature at Wendy’s Subway (New York), and stage design for the disability arts dance company Kinetic Light’s upcoming tour, Wired. Shokrian lives and works in New York City is a San Francisco State University alum and received an MFA in Photography from Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College.
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