Blind Spot, an exhibition at Utrecht’s Centraal Museum, replicated two artworks, one with actual food, in order to make visual art more accessible to blind and partially sighted people.
Jasper Udink ten Cate, an artist, and Jeroen Prins, an experience designer, conceptualized and constructed the art experience.
The concept was born during a culinary performance event during which the creative duo offered food to accompany an artwork. A blind woman who attended the event expressed how affected she was by the experience that inspired the creation of this new art experience.
“We created a ‘4D art experience‘ for both sighted and visually handicapped or blind tourists,” Prins explained. “The four-dimensional artworks do not emphasize sight but rather appeal to the other senses of smell, hearing, and touch. We hope that this presentation will make visual art more accessible to visitors who are blind or partially sighted.”
An audio tour accompanied the artworks, and guests were urged to physically touch the artworks and practically experience the cuisine.
Increasing The Accessibility Of Art
“Our goal is to provide access to visual art for blind and partially sighted tourists,” Prins explained. “At the same time, visitors who are able to see experience the works of art blindfolded, allowing all visitors to have a fresh perspective on art.”
The Centraal Museum, Accessibility, Saxion Hogeschool Enschede, and Big Orange Audio Agency collaborated in the exhibition.
Centraal Museum was founded in 1838 as the Netherlands’ first municipal museum. It established a private foundation in 2013 in order to achieve ‘even more efficient management and clout’. The museum’s collection of modern art, contemporary art, early art, urban history, fashion, and costumes portrays the narrative of Utrecht and its ties to the rest of the globe.
According to the museum, it often hosts community-focused events, including seminars for individuals with dementia and inmates of asylum seekers’ centers.
“This is the museum’s first 4D experience,” stated Steffie Maas, Head of Inclusion at Centraal Museum. “We are continuing to investigate ways to decrease the admissions threshold for guests who face constraints throughout their museum visit. Access to facilities for visually impaired individuals is a component of it.”
Reactions Of Visitors
Visitors to the show, including visually challenged Francis der Horst, described it as ‘absolutely mind blowing,’ while Amanda de Bruin, who is completely blind, said the art experience enabled her to ‘really perceive art.’ And Farid el Mansouri, who is blind, stated that he could ‘feel warm and cold buildings,’ which provided him with the feeling of light and shadow.
Cate and Prins’s long-term goal is to create a large-scale art display that may traverse the world and have a greater impact.
The Blind Spot exhibition, which lasted from 5 to 18 August at Centraal Museum, is now on its way to Milan’s Salone del Mobile, where it will be on show from 5 to 10 September.
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