[Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] Art garden, dancers, arts journalist
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Kansas State School for the Blind: Unleashing the power of independence
loves art and describes in detail a piece he created while attending the
West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
"It was a self portrait
TOUCH St Augustine Art Garden Groundbreaking
The St. Augustine Art Association reported to Historic City News this
week that they recently broke ground for the new TOUCH St. Augustine Art
Garden at the Art Center on Marine Street.
Read more here:
Blind dancers of Articulate Ability perform in Boston
Boston: They ended their performance by dancing to a piece which took
its title from a Sanskrit sloka, "Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya," - "Lead me
from Darkness unto Light," - urging the powers Almighty to lead them
towards light - and yet it seemed that it was they who were leading us
in the audience to ever-increasing light and vision.
These were the five dancers who form part of the dance-troupe,
Articulate Ability, and are all legally blind. They performed at the
Regis College in Weston MA on Saturday October 11.
Articulate Ability's Blind Artists Wow Audience
WESTON, MA - The five dancers who form part of the dance-troupe,
Articulate Ability, and are all legally blind, performed at the Regis
College in Weston, MA on Saturday, October 11. The event was organized
by Association for India's Development (AID - Boston & MIT chapters).
Their flawless execution of dance moves and their coordination on
stage thrilled audience members. "It's amazing how synchronized they
were but beyond that, they were incredible performers - surpassing most
bands and troupes that I know of," said Zainab Lakhani of Cambridge, MA.
How do visually impaired people enjoy art?
Lisa Squirrel is visually impaired -- but visual art is one of her great
passions. As a student she fought resistance from teachers to study art
history, and now leads tours at some of London's leading galleries.
To experience works she cannot fully see, Lisa reads about them
extensively. Close description by a sighted person and guided hand
movements in front of the pieces allow her to understand their shapes
and forms. Her in-depth knowledge of artists' techniques and materials
let her build a rich picture in her mind.
BBC Culture joined Lisa on a recent tour for visually impaired people of
Tate Britain's exhibition Turner: Painting Set Free
to find out about her experience of art and her work to bring enjoyment
of it to partially sighted people.
BARR. KAMAR-DEEN LANRE ADEBAYO: Blind, yes... but I see just as well
*While working in the print media, you were reviewing visual arts, stage
plays, films and home videos. How were you doing that? *
Talking about print journalism and the arts, I see myself as informer.
The role of a journalist is to inform. Mine is to gather information and
communicate the information to the reader. For an art exhibition, for
instance, on the first day of the exhibition when it is opening, I would
move round with all the other art viewers, listen to all their comments
and speeches, and all that and asked them of their opinions about the
art works. Then on a later day when the art exhibition is less occupied
with people, I would go there and the artist would conduct me round the
art works and explaining to me each work and I would ask him questions.
Maybe, by virtue of my training in English Language, which has a way of
introducing one to the art generally, I developed a perception for the
arts. So, I was able to interpret things even beyond what anybody would
tell me. I was able to form my own independent opinion.
As per the technicalities of the production of the artworks, I will ask
questions from the artist -- how come you used this colour, how come
this one is rough, I would feel some of the artworks, how come this is
rough, is it the brush strokes?
I became gradually schooled in visual art production. By the time I
would review the artworks, I would put up all the information I had
gathered and married it with my own perception of the work and
interpretation of the work, I would come out with my review.
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