Art as sensorial experience

For people like us, who have a sensory deficit, it is normal to think about which kind of perception or sensation can be felt when you live an experience like “being a moment in the artist’s work of art”.

Thinking about the difficulties that we have in language comprehension, to understand the meaning of the words, to distinguish the inflection or the loudnes of one word, to perceive the music as a melody and not as a noise, considering all this, we tried to imagine how is life when you can’t see, trying to answer to some questions:

- How can a blind person be involved in this kind of experience?
- Which instruments can be used to simplify the physical comprehension of a place and a moment?

Our answer for the first question was adopting what is normally used to communicate with blind people, creating a low relief board that entirely represents this work of art. Thanks to the roughness on its surface, blind people, using touch and helped by their partner, could realize their position inside the wideness of the work of art, and, therefore, they could build their own image that will give them the chance to live their emotional moment. We can’t neither understand nor imagine this kind of perception, but we know that the comprehension is an enormous experience of life, even when you can’t hear, that’s why we know that this is what make us closer to normality.

The image of Brugel’s “Blind’s parable”, connected to our idea, wants to underline that art can’t be a prerogative just for who can see it, as well as music is not a prerogative for who can hear it.

How the project “Walk on the Water, never alone” did happen?

The aim of our project “Walk on Water, never alone” is to allow blind people to admire colors and shapes of a work of art, perceiving them as a space where they can act. The tactile tablet, used in museums and some exhibitions, was recongnised as the safest way to obtain a positive solution considering our ideas.

The creators of this initiative, both of them afficted by auditive deficit, tried to put themselves in blind’s shoes, comparing the limits that both deficits have, and considering what an hearing aid represents for a deaf person (perceive voices and sounds in a satisfactory way), they gathered that, evaluating the current technology for blind people, empoly a tactile tablet could be a satisfying solution.

Sometimes, fairy tales teach something.

Luke: Oh, no. We'll never get it out now.
Yoda: So certain are you. Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?
Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different.
Yoda: No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.
Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.
Luke: I can't. It's too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hm? Mmmm.
Yoda: And well you should not. For my ally in the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we... not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you... me... the tree... the rock... everywhere! Yes, even between this land and that ship!
Luke: You want the impossible.
The sequence - the X-wing fighter. it’s now on the beach...
Luke: I don't... I don't believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.

I feel as I see

Hereafter is reported a figurative comparison between the two deficit conditions, blindness and deafness, to explain to “normal” people how reality can be perceived by whom are affected by these disabilities.
The comparison doesn’t exclude the prospect that a blind person can hear without problems, as weel as, a deaf one can see clearly.

I see/I hear

This is the condition that everyone consider normal: therefore, I can distinguish easily shapes, colors and sounds.

I see/I hear
with some difficulties

This is the situation when shapes and details are not complitely clear and defined; some colours are unrecongnisable and there are acoustic tones that can not be listened.

I see/I hear

Profiles, colours, sounds are mixed in a whole unclear thing that needs a huge effort to be recongnised as a proper image or a dialoge.

I can't see/
I can't hear

This is the condition when there is no chance to create a specific sensory relation, either in visual field or in auditive one.

A map in the dark: join their world.

In the following example, which has no scientific valure due to the fact that it has been thought by graphic designers, we want to try, as much as possible, to describe a scheme that could summarise all the perception that could be built inside their imaginary reality by blind people.

We don’t live the phisical condition of a blind person, but knowing the image, we can try to throw our “Floating Pears” towards their bank.

Short classification of stirring stimulations














Intervista doppia - Elisa e Fabrizio