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Posted by on March 12th, 2011 § 0

Today was my last day in New York after precious little time at home, and I decided to take advantage of the glorious (spring!) weather by taking a stroll through my neighborhood and spending a few hours at the Met.  I wasn’t sure what new exhibits there were, but as I wandered I came upon a photography exhibit that created a conversation among Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand.  The above photo (a Strand piece) reminded me that I had yet to post anything about the In/Visible outcomes.

The colloquium went beautifully (if you’ll excuse the term) and we all really latched onto the technique of verbal description: reconstructing an image through words (and with minimal analysis) for visually impaired audience members.  Although all speakers appeared to use the same methods of description, a few of us began to speculate about the subjective nature of viewing a painting: would two people necessarily produce similar audio descriptions of an image?  Certainly one person’s clear description can be another person’s winding labyrinth, as was proved with the tour we designed (a few independent tour-takers apparently got a bit turned around).  I should also note that not many people showed up for the actual event, but the event and the tour itself should not be conflated.  All the downloadable materials are still available on the Listening Project website and we heartily encourage anyone to take the tour at any time… it might be especially interesting to do it with a group of friends, peers, or freshmen.

As we move into the last quarter of the year (and my last quarter at Haverford!) we will continue to explore ideas of audio description, how speaking and listening can affect what we see (and/or how we see it).  We’ll also be working to digitize all the material we have and to create a few aural surprises before the semester is through.

Irony and downloads

Posted by on February 24th, 2011 § 0

It was only yesterday, as I was putting up a few fliers around campus, that I realized the unfortunate irony of calling the accessibility tour a “walking tour,” when the point of the tour, of course, is that anyone with any level of mobility should be able to participate.  I had not intended to use exclusive language, but even after all the research I had done to organize the tour, I ultimately continued to think just of my own body when I made the flier… but that’s exactly what the tour asks us to do.  It asks us to consider our own relationships to accessible spaces and how our bodies do or don’t use those spaces; at the same time, though, it seeks to broaden our understanding of what accessibility means and how it impacts our lives on campus.

In other news, the downloadable materials are available!  (Thank you, Sebastianna!)  The mp3 and print versions of the tour are both available on the “Projects” page of this website, and there are a number of ways you can take advantage of these materials:

  1. Select only one to guide your tour experience, but talk to people using a different tour taking method.  Try to find out how experiences vary.
  2. Use both, but rely mainly on the mp3, using the print guide for its map and time code indications.
  3. Use both, but rely mainly on the print tour, occasionally using the mp3 to listen to some of the clips from student recordings.
  4. Use both equally, listening to the narration on the mp3 and following along in the print guide.
  5. There are definitely other creative ways to interact with the materials provided.  Come up with something that works for you!

Where are the downloads?

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 § 0

We’re still finishing up the mp3 and print guide, but they should be up by tomorrow afternoon or evening!  They’ll be available on the “Projects” page, along with additional information about the tour.

What’s happening?

Posted by on February 21st, 2011 § 0

Well, these past few weeks, the LP labs have been brewing yet another listening experience.  This coming weekend, in conjunction with the “In/Visible: Disability and the Arts” conference, the LP has created a Haverford campus accessibility tour.  With clips from a few student interviews and basic accessibility information about several prominent buildings on campus, the mp3 we’ve compiled will work something like a “museum tour” of campus.  In the spirit of accessibility, we’re also in the process of creating a print document to accompany the mp3.  You can totally customize your tour experience by using the mp3, the print tour, or both; no matter what, it should be an interactive and informative experience.  Expect signage and specific time information within the next 24 hours, campus!

Here's the route we'll be following!

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