Working with blind and visually impaired stakeholders to design meaningful selective-sensory interpretations of artworks at the AGO. Some people call this "multi-sensory" but I prefer "selective-sensory," because it suggests that the user is able choose the sensory input they prefer.
Exhibit featured in the Toronto Star, print and digital editions.
How might visual arts spaces engage and welcome non-visual individuals
Our goal was to uncover how this specific painting could be experienced by blind museum goers.
Narcisse Virgile de la Pena Diaz
born Bordeaux, France, 1807; died Menton, France, 1876
oil on canvas
85.1 x 107.6 cm
Recruited a team of inclusive of blind and visually impaired art afficonados, museum docents, and artists.
Goals to include:
The electronics feature a motion sensor to turn the exhibit and play the soundtrack when someone arrives. Vibration motors and flashing lights are triggered by the sountrack and user holding the umbrella.
Frankly, we had no idea of the reception and buzz this would generate. We were pleased but surprised to see it picked up on the news and draw the public's attention. Please enjoy this video of the system prototype in operation.