About the Project

In March 2003, Creative Time teamed up with Bill Shannon, a street dancer, skateboarder, and performance artist with a degenerative bone disease. His project, What is What investigated—on both theoretical and material levels—the condition of being disabled in the public context of New York City.


What is What took the form of a multifaceted project consisting of a series of three street interventions, accompanied by an expository and performative website designed by Patrick Figuera.


Photograph by Charlie Samuels




Bill Shannon (aka The Crutchmaster)

What is What

New York City