Turn Illness into a Weapon: Audio-English Translation by JS Shokrian is a forthcoming collective reading and unauthorized edition 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.
This edition features each of the text’s forty-four chapters read aloud by artists, organizers, poets, staff, and community members of Wendy’s Subway. Most readers are disabled, chronically ill, MAD, and/or neurodivergent, providing a shared space for reflection and engagement with the text.
This audio zine is the first in a series of Talking Books, which features disability-related titles. The series, initiated by the artist, which will serve Wendy’s Subway b/Blind and low-vision, disabled, chronically ill, MAD and/or community members, staff, and the general public.
About JS Shokrian
JS Shokrian’s practice attends to disabled social life and its intersectional proliferations. Shokrian is engaged in emergent theoretical discourses and material practices relating to care, consent, and communication. Recent engagements include a residency at Beall Center for Art + Technology through Leonardo/ISAST "CripTech Incubator" and an artist collaboration with disability arts dance company Kinetic Light for the stage performance 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.
Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu
manuel arturo abreau
Adelita Husni Bey
Chinazo Rena Anakwe
Danielle St Amour
Lu Barnes Lee
Francisco Echo Eraso
Patricia L. Boyd
Daniella Valz Gen
Nino Ricca Lucci
Dedicated to Myat Moondog Haggart, Monique Harris, Carolyn Lazard, Stacey Park Milbern, and the Criptiques Reading Group.