Cripping the Landscape

Still from' Cripping the Landscape' video

Cripping the Landscape expresses the desire to impair ableism and to damage the structures of power that reinforce the 'normalcy' of ableist architecture.

Cripping the Landscape 1: Quebec City is a thirteen minute chronicling the five kilometre journey from Laval University to the Ste-Foy train station from the point of view of my wheelchair.


The video chronicles the five kilometer journey, which originally took thirty-five minutes
from the Université Laval to the train station in Québec City. Using a “herocam” attached to my wheelchair, I take you on a trip from a to b from the point of view of my wheelchair, exposing the “rugosities” (to quote Brazilian geographer Milton Santos) of this route, indicating moments of danger as I wend my way home. Titled Cripping the Landscape 1: Québec City, the video brings you through this movement-space.
The video starts as I leave Université Laval. I don't really know where to go. In Québec city, only 4 bus routes out of 111 are wheelchair accessible. One of these bus lines had a stop at the university. I am lucky. I get on the bus, quite easily. I get off few kilometers away. Still 3 kilometers to go before I get to the train station. There is a lot of traffic. The sidewalks are bumpy. Suddenly, the rain starts. I stop to open my umbrella. I continue my way under the heavy rain. The image of my Hero camera is partially blur by the train and my transparent umbrella. I encounter inaccessible sidewalks. I am compromising my security but I have no other choice. There is no accessible bus and I cannot hail an accessible taxi either. At some intersections, I am unable to reach the pedestrian crossing button. I finally get to the train station. The journey took 35 minutes mainly because the speed of my wheelchair somewhat compensated for the lack of accessible transportation.
The goal of my video is to crip the landscape of Québec City. By crippin' the landscape I intend to impair the functioning of ableism, to damage and make defective the structures of power which contribute to reinforce the normalcy of ableist architecture.