Walking around a gallery or museum, you're inundated by signs reading 'no food or drink', 'no flash photography' and, of course, 'please do not touch'. After all, who wants to see paintings, sculptures et al damaged by people's wandering hands? But it's funny to think that this rule implicity hits out at the many people who are visually impaired, particularly at a time when cultural spaces are straining to make themselves immersive through games, technology and more.
This documentary highlights tactile art, pieces that are built specifically to be touched. It questions the taboo nature of touching art, for instance outdoors sculptures that - as the documentary notes - can be 'shit on by birds'. We visit a summer camp in Napa Valley where visually impaired people discover how to create art through mediums such as woodwork, plus a tactile sculpture containing 4000 screws...
Please Touch the Art from Cantor Fine Art on Vimeo.
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