September - October 2021
In September and October 2021, the AIM-Lab hosted a three part online workshop on Audio Description (AD) led by Cheryl Green and Thomas Reid. Beginning from a place that centers the experiences of those who are blind and recognizes the art in audio description, the workshop invited participants to reflect critically both on visual information and to view it as more than mere access. The resulting series of works engage with AD in innovative and creative ways, exploring sound, text, movement, and their mixtures. From an audio-logo to a binder that comes to life to a sci-fi meditation to a lusty afternoon brewing mead to a video game adventure to artistic critiques of colonialism to glittering light that turn windowpanes into jellyfish, the collection of pieces in this online exhibit engages with the creative potentials of access.
How is it possible that a painting can sit so still, yet demonstrate so much noise and movement? Artists Nicholas Goberdhan and Piper Curtis weave together linguistic and sonic poetry to transport listeners into the oil-paint world of Mark Tansey’s Forward Retreat. Goberdhan’s cadence and tone set the pace while Curtis’ lush soundscape fully engulfs listeners within the story of the piece as it unfolds.