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Cross-sensory Photographs for Accessible Art Experiences

Ouellette, MaryRose (2021) Cross-sensory Photographs for Accessible Art Experiences. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Ouellette, MaryRose
Abstract:

In an era where digital technologies can transform traditional art experiences to create accessible interactions, art institutions remain ocularcentric in nature. This preferred, established approach to the visual sense creates a barrier for those who are blind or visually impaired, preventing access to social inclusion, cultural participation and learning, emotional regulation, well-being, as well as many other intrinsic and extrinsic benefits that art can provide. In the last decade, the trend of cross-sensory art has been implemented into galleries to answer the call for more accessible cultural art interactions and accessibility. Incorporating more than one sensory modality to convey information, cross-sensory art produces other equivalent sensory responses, allowing visitors to connect with the art not just through vision but also through touch, sound, or scent. While this cross-sensory art approach has been applied to many forms of traditional art such as sculpture and paintings, it has been applied only rarely to the photographic medium. This MRP’s investigation covered photographic discourse, cross-sensory technology, participatory practices, and the neuroscience behind cross-sensory perception to explore the possibilities for an expanded sensorium in photography. The aim of this research is to provide photographers, artists, and cultural institutions with the knowledge to create and include multi-sensory and accessible photographic experiences into their works and exhibitions.

Date: 23 September 2021
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 14:57
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 14:57
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3523

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