What does the work look and feel like to the visually impaired? The theme of this series of videos is to make the viewer understand what the blind person sees and experiences. I explore space through the perspective of a person who doesn't have complete vision. I use colors and sounds to identify spaces in these videos while investigating means of communication and way-finding for people who can't see.
We ‘see’ the sense of sound, smell, touch and taste although we don’t ‘see’ the sense of sight. I utilise the effect of blurring to echo a feeling of unclarity in vision and colors to show the spectrums of light visible to the visually impaired. The gradients suggest that the visions merge into one another, triggered by the lack of definition and sharpness. Dots and circles inspired by the forms in Braille, make a visual connection to their tactile sensation. The typography reveals itself from Braille to English while dots integrate the two.
The first video is an account of a visually impaired person describing his experience. The second follows an infographic style; explaining a typeface that I specifically designed to integrate the Braille letter forms with English alphabets. When studying how to read Braille, I attempted to design a typeface that functions to bridge the gap between the visually impaired and the able. It literally, ‘connects the dots’ by using the distinct forms of Braille and the English alphabets. This font, Tactile, can be read by both visually impaired and visually able people.
The third video is an experience-based representation using sound as the most powerful element – a key identifying factor of space for a blind person – to transport the viewer into the space. The spaces are written in Braille and the dots slowly build up to form the word in English. I began with a mood-board of a black and white color palette. However, through my research process, I realised that what the visually impaired ‘see’ is not black or white. Each experiences a different form of vision. Keeping that as my focus, I shifted the aesthetic of my videos from black and white to color. The idea of a unique vision really intrigues me. My research also reveals that no two people see a color the same way. Each person has a different vision, perspective and perception. My keen interest in languages and symbols has further spurred my curiosity to explore this subject. A statement that resonates with me is — “There is no reality, only perception.”