Invisible Experience Workshop

10–12 October 2014

DESCRIPTION

Exchange program creating tailored educational courses for visually impaired and blind visitors

Invisible Experience is an important program that broadens awareness of the social and psychological needs of blind and visually impaired people. To date, cultural institutions in Russia have been almost inaccessible for visually impaired people, and their annual programs offer no events designed specifically for this category of visitors. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art invites employees of galleries and museums to a three-day event that offers a programme of lectures and workshops to promote the knowledge and skills required for a new, enthusiastic, and mixed audience. We believe that this initiative will help turn Moscow-based cultural institutions for visual culture into free meeting spaces for people with disabilities. 

 

Kindly supported by

Moscow Forum Culture. Look Into the Future    

 

 

Initiative COoperate                                         

SCHEDULE

Friday, October 10

16:30

Gathering of guests and registration of participants


17:00 – 17:10

Introduction by Anton Belov, Garage Director, and Anastasia Mityushina, Garage Curator of Educational Programs


17:10 – 18:35

THE MEANING OF EDUCATING ADULTS FOR INTEGRATED COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE, INCLUSION, AND ART

Lecture. Katja Sudec and Ana Krepel-Velemirović 

Katja Sudec and Ana Krepel-Velemirović will discuss the standards for creating educational programs and finding new methods of communication with various audiences.
Katja Sudec will also take part as a speaker in Moscow Forum’s Culture. Look Into the Future, October, 15–18 at Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow.

Katja Sudec, an artist and expert in educational work for art audiences, is project manager of COoperate and AKTIV.
Ana Krepel-Velemirović is a coordinator of multi-sensory tours within the framework of the Coordinate Project, and an expert in the democratization of the public sphere and demarginalization of different population groups.


18:35 – 18:55

Break


18:55 – 19:10

YURI ALBERT AND PAINTINGS FOR THE BLIND

Commentary: Anastasia Tarasova

Anastasia Tarasova presents a short simultaneous commentary to a video of Tour with Eyes Blindfolded, a performance by Conceptual artist Yuri Albert.  Through this performance, Albert examines the problems of visual culture. What if art could be invisible? How could the image be translated into text? 

Anastasia Tarasova is an art historian and research associate of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.


 

19:10 – 20:40

MOSCOW BEYOND SIGHT

Lecture. Anja Winter

Anja Winter will explore how blind and visually impaired people interact with the city. What is the difference between a guided city tour for visually impaired people and a typical guided tour for the average tourist?

Anja Winter is an expert on tactile tours and a museum tutor in working with blind and visually impaired visitors and achieving the inclusive organization of the exhibition space.

Saturday, October 11

18:00 – 21:30

ART – BETWEEN THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN

Lecture and workshop. Evgen Bavčar

Evgen Bavčar will describe alternative opportunities for visitors limited in direct access to objects of visual art. How can we apply verbal mechanisms and tactile sensations, and explain the effects of light and shade, color and other characteristics of visual objects? Bavčar will present examples from world-leading museums, cinema, and his own experience as a conceptual photographer.

Evgen Bavčar is a doctor of philosophy, and author of a methodology for making the visual arts accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Sunday, October 12

17:30 – 18:00

TOUCHING SCULPTURE: PRACTICES OF INTERACTION

Workshop analysis. Anna She

The director of SELF art-therapy studio will present a detailed analysis of her two-day workshop Touching Sculpture (October 8–9, 2014) for blind and visually impaired visitors and their close relatives. The main goal of this workshop was to encourage empathy, patience, and understanding.  

Anna She is a professional art therapist, member of the American Art Therapy Association and founder and director of SELF art-therapy studio.


18:00 – 18:30

SUPRAMEN TOUR IN MOSCOW

Project analysis. Alisa Oleva

One of the participants of Supramen Tour in Moscow (September 13–21, 2014), Alisa Oleva will analyze her experience of interacting with visually impaired teens during The New International exhibition at Garage Museum.
Alisa Oleva is an artist and participant of Supramen tour in Moscow.


18:40 – 20:40

HOW TO USE ALL OUR SENSES TO PERCIEVE ART AND HOW TO STIMULATE THEM IN AN ARTISTIC WAY

Workshop. Katja Sudec

Participants will examine how art educators, museum employees, and artists communicate with audiences when applying artistic methods.

Katja Sudec is an artist and educator, project manager of COoperate and AKTIV, and an expert in educational work with art audiences.


16:40 – 21:00

Summary

how to take part

Admission free, but advance registration required. To participate in the program, please email your contact details, working title and the name of your organization to m.sarycheva@garagemca.org.

The event will be both in Russian and English with simultaneous translation. IDs are required for equipment rental. The lectures and workshop of Eugene Bavčar will be delivered in Slovenian with simultaneous translation.

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