|What does it mean to be blind, or visually impaired, in nowadays -visual- society?
WITH NEW EYES is an audio tour in beautiful Berlin.
With WITH NEW EYES Katrien Ligt has developed a (touristic) city tour, through the eyes of blind people.
Ligt is focussing on filtering of information, subjectivity of information, how far people choose for this filering and subjectivity, and how far it is determined for people.
For this audio tour the perception of blind, and visually impaired, people is taken as a starting point for the tour.
The audio tour is searching for the border between seeing and being blind.
With New Eyes is a site-hearing tour, visiting places that are interesting concerning their sounds.
The tour is intended as an eye opener for non-disabled people, and a possibility to go on a trip for blind people.
It is no casual touristic tour with information on the famous sights of Berlin, but a new way to see the city!
In October you have the possibility to walk an audio tour, through the eyes of blind people.
Concrete it means: On 1 ear people hear the descriptions needed for blind people to find their way along this route. on the other side you hear references, loose words starting with things you see along the route till at the end of the tour it is about things you smell, hear, feel, etc. So to say: the references a blind person has.
Along this route we do not stop at the places where you would normally stop during a touristic tour:
so no Reichstag, no picture stop at Brandenburger Tor.
Instead we stop at places that are interesting concerning sounds.
After the tour people receive the audio cd GRÜSSE AUS BERLIN, on which music tracks are, made about these spots, with sounds of these spots. So instead of pictures to show the people at home. Visitors will get a audio-memory of the tour.
Grüsse aus Berlin is the audio cd belonging to the audio tour WITH NEW EYES.
At every resting point, a point of interest concerning sound,
sounds are recorded.
With these sounds the musicians made new music tracks that reflects that specific place.
Bilwa (http://perpetualmvmtsnd.org), Ear Monk (http://www.vincentkoreman.com), Werner Urban (http://www.wernerurban.nl), Orphax (http://www.orphax.com), Wouter Jaspers (http://www.wouterjaspers.com), and Scald Rougish (http://Amhain.net).
The booklet of the cd is a very tactile booklet that can also be enjoyed by visually impaired people!
|Finissage at Kunstfabrik - October 28th
Friday 28th of October at 20h, you are warmly invited to the finissage of the project at Kunstfabrik, Am Flutgraben 3 12435 Berlin (U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor). That will also be the last chance to sign in for a tour on Saturday 29th of October.
||Every Wednesday and Saturday in October 2011.
For groups and upon request: extra dates available!
||10 euro for a tour + very special souvenir CD.
||Start tour: Berlin Hauptbahnhof. End of tour at U-bahn Französische Straße.
||English. Although your English does not have to be perfect, reasonable knowledge of English is neccesary. Introductions can be given in German or Dutch.
||Friday 28 October at 20h. At Kunstfabrik, Am Flutgraben 3 12435 Berlin (U-Bhf Schlesisches Tor)
The musiscans who worked with me on cd cd GRÜSSE AUS BERLIN: Bilwa, Ear Monk, Werner Urban, Orphax, Wouter Jaspers, and Scald Rougish.
Please take a look at: http://www.katrienligt.nl as well.
I'd also like to thank: Bart Boneschansker(for his voice), Silja Korn(for her expertise), CBK Dordrecht, Kunstfabrik Flutgraben Berlin, and ABSV.