SPK, Turn Illness into a Weapon: An Audio-English Translation

Curated by JS Shokrian

A citrine book cover with the letters S P K, Turn Illness into a Weapon, agitation prefeaced by J.P. Sartre in large block print font. A towering building complex foregrounds a handwritten protest sign which cautions: "To cast a stone into the commanding centre of capitalism is one thing. But to transform a kidney-stone into activity is the same. We ought to protect ourselves against kidney stones!"

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.


Paula Stuttman
Lateef McLeod
J.S. Shokrian
JJJerome Ellis
Lateef McLeod
Jordan Lord
Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu
Akemi Nishida
Park McArthur
Constantina Zavitsanos
manuel arturo abreau
Adelita Husni Bey
Noam Kaim
Chinazo Rena Anakwe
Katz Tepper
Valentina Desdieri
Em Hedditch
Camilla Wasserman
Zoya Ghazi
Matilda Subal
Charlotte Strange
Noah Benis
Deanna Yadollahi
Hayden Right
Danielle St Amour
Sarah Sohn
Joselia Hughes
Lu Barnes Lee
Meesh Fradkin
Ivana Dragsiç
Georgian Badal
Adjua Greaves
Fia Backström
Echo Eraso
Marian Chudnovsky
Lore Selys
Bill Dietz
Teline Tran
Griff Epstein
Patricia L. Boyd
Kabir Carter
Hannah Black
Amalle Dublon
Shannon Finnegan
Daniella Valz Gen
Bryan Castro
Kiyaan Abadani
Sujani Reddy
Eileen Ramos
Ezra Benus
Thai Lu
Lois Cheaye
Nino Ricca Lucci
Beatrice Adler-Bolton
Aristilde Kirby
Johanna Hedva
Kay Gabriel
Fainan Lakhsa
Jesse Rice-Evans
chloe crawford
Avery Camp
Jelena Loncar
Cheon Lee
Mel Hudson
Julie Lee
Mae Eskanazi
Wolfgang Müller
Sunny Iyer
Annick Kleizen
Isaih Madison


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