2.30 – 4.30pm, Saturday 30th July
Locations: Victorian Quaker Centre and KINGS Artist-Run Initiative
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Led by artist Fayen d’Evie and presented in collaboration with Open House Melbourne, this session will be a conversational workshop, in which we create and discuss visual description of artworks and exhibitions. Through approaches that not only increase access for those who are blind or have low vision, but also expand the possibilities of reading an artwork.
This workshop is open to all but may be particularly useful for gallery personnel, curators and artists with an interest in access. Together, we will develop a polyphonic audio description, guided by sensory scores, for a site-specific installation of a video work by Cauleen Smith, ‘Sojourner’.
Fayen’s own experience of low vision has allowed her to develop a practice that is unconstrained by the ‘narrow idea of a normative perceiving body’. She proposes access as a ‘blatantly political position – an insistence that more can be done to offer diverse perceptual entry points into our creative conversations.’
Access Note and Covid Safety: The event is wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreters will be made available upon request. Please contact us with any additional access requirements and we will endeavour to support your participation in this event. We endeavour to make this a COVIDSafe event, masks will be available and social distancing will be encouraged.
Additonal Information for Participants:
We will begin by gathering nearby Kings, at The Victorian Quaker Centre, which is one of the sites for Open House Melbourne’s exhibition ‘Take Hold of the Clouds’, 30-31 July. Together, we will develop a polyphonic audio description there, guided by sensory scores, for a site-specific installation of a video work by Cauleen Smith, ‘Sojourner’.
We will then move to KINGS Artist-Run, just 250 meters away, to discuss our shared encounter with Sojourner, and to experiment with other creative approaches to visual description. Participants are welcome to propose challenging artworks from their own artistic or curatorial practice for us to consider. All possibilities are welcome, including still and moving images, sound and video installations, sculptural works, performance, performance, durational, choreographic works are welcome.