[Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] Interview on Internet radio for the blind on accessible arts and verbal descriptions

Simon Hayhoe simon_hayhoe at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Jan 20 17:29:01 UTC 2012

Dear All and Lisa,
Please find a link to a radio program I appeared on last year, which talks about an event organised by VSA Massachusetts and a discussion on access to the arts / verbal description. The program also features a great discussion panel with Kim Charlson (Perkins' Library) and a number of other high profile speakers from Boston.

http://www.blindnessandarts.com/Horizons_SimonHayhoe&VSAArtsMass.mp3Best wishes and cheers, and I hope this finds you all really well,


 From: Simon Hayhoe <simon_hayhoe at yahoo.co.uk>
To: Art Beyond Sight Theory and Research <art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research at nfbnet.org>; lisa yayla <fnugg at online.no> 
Cc: simon hayhoe <editor at blindnessandarts.com> 
Sent: Friday, 20 January 2012, 19:55
Subject: Re: [Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] Term - relief vs tactile

Hi Lisa,
Please see below from my experience, although others may know better:

Tactile = anything that is designed primarily to be touched, no matter what its form.

Relief = the tactile element "stands proud", i.e. it is raised. This is not the only form. For example, some graphics are intaglio, i.e. they tactile information is below the suface of the graphics' plane. Esref Armagan draws on card and the information he derives is below the surface plane.

Haptic = traditionally means information - anything - that is derived primarily non-visually. However, in research this has more generally come to mean tactile, as it is assumed that this is the primary source of information for blind people. My four senses project begged to differed - this is described in a book I have just sent to my publishers, so this is also a bit of an advert... 

I hope this helps, but as I said I'm sure others will know more.

Best wishes and cheers,


P.S. Could you confirm that you receive this, Lisa. I sent something recently to you and it looked as if it did not get through. I think it is a local problem.

 From: Lisa Yayla <Lisa.Yayla at statped.no>
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Sent: Friday, 20 January 2012, 17:24
Subject: [Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] Term - relief vs tactile

Again I am calling to the collective knowledge and wisdom of this group. My question is about what to call a tactile graphic. Hmm, you think, strange
 question after all these years and shouldn't the questioner know better?

Ok, here are the questions - is the term "tactile graphic" better than the term "relief graphic" ? Is the term "haptic graphic" better than both? Or does it not make much difference?

By saying tactile one gives the idea that the graphic is to be touched, but saying relief, doesn't necessarily. Haptic perhaps gives the additional information that there should be movement to gain information - that is the hand should move over the graphic.

Like to hear what you think.



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