[Art_beyond_sight_educators] art, haptics, photography
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Touching art: Special Portsmouth exhibit designed for blind, low-vision
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Cunningham/Democrat photo Rick Burns of Berwick, Maine, is among the
artists showing at a newly opened exhibition dedicated to helping the
blind have access to art. His piece "Programmed" will be among those to
be experienced through touch at New Hampshire Art Association's Robert
Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street in Portsmouth.
PORTSMOUTH — It's not often that you walk into a gallery and are
actually encouraged to touch the art.
On Wednesday the New Hampshire Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy
Gallery on State Street opened a new "Art Beyond Sight" exhibit that
features all two- and three-dimensional artwork designed to be
experienced by the blind and those with low vision.
For the first time the art association collaborated with the New
Hampshire Association for the Blind to present a show that is open to
all, but intended to allow those without sight to experience art at its
136 State St. gallery.
The show is the brainchild of exhibit co-chairs Judy Brenner and Valerie
Sobel of the New Hampshire Art Association. It opened on Wednesday with
all of the work being textured paintings, etchings and sculpture.
The juried show features works from artists all over New England and may
be experienced through touch and through identification cards written in
braille on the gallery's walls.
ART BEYOND SIGHT held in conjunction with the N.H. Association for the
Blind, juried exhibit that allows those who are blind, low vision and
the public to use multi-sensory means to experience art, through April
30, reception April 3, 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Art 'Round Town
gallery walk, New Hampshire Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy
Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat.: 10 a.m.-5
p.m.; Sun.: noon- 5 p.m. 431-4230.
New downtown gallery, boutique opening today
Legally blind artist offering session to help others succeed
A new gallery and boutique is opening on Richmond's Main Street today.
The ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Blind Ambition Gallery and
Boutique will be at 1 p.m. today at 817 E. Main St.
The gallery will offer support and opportunities for people with
disabilities who create art.
Richmond artist Joyce Acton is leading the gallery. Acton, who is
legally blind, began painting in 2002 while attending a program for the
adult blind in Jacksonville, Fla., where she won a scholarship.
After moving to Richmond, she demonstrated her talent at the Independent
Living Center as part of the organization's celebration of March as
Disability Awareness Month.
Since then, she has since participated in area art shows and helped
other artisans who have disabilities.
On April 9, the gallery will offer a workshop discussion targeting
techniques to market artwork, types of adaptive equipment available and
overcoming challenges in the creation of art by individuals with
The workshop will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 9 at the gallery, with
sponsorship by VSAI Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the
National Center for Artists with Disabilities-UCLA-Los Angeles.
For more information about the gallery or the workshop, call (765) 939-6200.
Art is Blind
UCD's New Avant-Garde Photographer Proves That You Don't Need Eyes to
By: Kindra Weisbrod
Once in awhile, genius strikes in the hallowed halls of CU-Denver. In
the giant mass of potential lies the isolated motivation to strive
through adversity and meet goals with earnest determination.
Matthew Doyle is one of the few undergraduates who choose boozeless
studying over wild parties; instead of going out and dancing with hot
women, Doyle has been feverishly applying for scholarships and grants to
aid in his project.
Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the 19-year-old Visual Arts major
got his wish; the Aspiring Photographer Association's envelope was in
his hand-and with it the funds to reveal his talent to the world.
For months, Doyle worked on something that could potentially change the
face of photography everywhere. With the much-needed funds in his
pocket, Doyle single-handedly took to the streets of downtown Denver,
finding people and places that reflected his perception on his
As a result, his cutting-edge photography immediately gained momentum
within the visual arts department.
The touch of technology
Akihiro Sato’s “morpheotron” might sound like it belongs in a video game
or a manga published in his native Japan, but please get the image of
100 foot tall warrior robots out of your head. The sophisticated
mechatronic device actually “displays” shapes through the dual senses of
touch and body position.
“You can program it to display any shape,” explained Sato, who just
earned his Master’s degree in Engineering. “In the morpheotron, your
finger rests on an incline plate that rocks back and forth as the
platform it’s on moves up and down. As your finger is pushed in these
multiple planes, you feel the programmed shape.”
Picking up a good vibration
The project was inspired by Professor Charlotte Reed’s work on the
Tadoma technique, which can improve communication for deaf-blind people.
The method involves a practitioner holding their hands to someone’s face
while they are talking, allowing them to feel the vibrations on their
face and neck. Professor Reed said: “We were inspired by seeing what
deaf-blind people could accomplish just using the sense of touch alone.”
In the future, the acoustic processing software may be developed for use
in existing smart phones ensuring that the price of the technology
remains low. “Tactile devices can be several orders of magnitude cheaper
than cochlear implants,” said Ted Moallem, a graduate student working on
Vibrating Touchscreen Devices Could Get Braille Tweak for Blind Users
We've written a lot about touchscreen  technology, both existing and
near future, but there's an inescapable limitation if you're a user with
impaired or zero vision: touchscreens accept your touch, but usually
respond solely with visual information. Now Finnish scientists have
devised a way to remedy that, and it's a darn clever re-interpretation
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