“Unveiling the Unseen” is a sensorial interpretation of the city of canals, created in collaboration with people who are blind or visually impaired. #BiennaleArte2017
“Unveiling the Unseen” is a project by Antoni Abad, curated by Mery Cuesta and Roc Parés. It is a sensorial interpretation of the city of canals, created in collaboration with people who are blind or visually impaired, a collective who uses their senses in a different and unique way. Through the shared exchange of both the experiences and difficulties of their daily lives, less obvious urban forms are revealed, allowing for a new map of public space to be drawn up that is usable by everyone.
Abad works with digital communities where mobile phones take on an important role as means of social communication. He is creating a locative sound map of Venice using the BlindWiki app – created for people who are blind, but usable by anyone with a smartphone. Impressions of any part of the city can be registered and published using the app and can be listened to at any moment. A true citizens’ network that improves the services to the community, and that is becoming an international network to share experiences, stories and thoughts about all that is not visible.
The Catalan project for the Biennale Arte 2017 is a proposal to civil society: that research on collective intelligence seeks universal accessibility and suggest alternative ways to occupy public spaces, both physical and digital.
until 26 November 2017
Unveiling the Unseen
collateral event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
a project by Antoni Abad
curated by Mery Cuesta e Roc Parés
Fondamenta Quintavalle, Castello 40, Venice
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