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BlindWiki - discover the invisible

After joint activities with communities in Australia, Italy and Germany, Antoni Abad, a Catalan artist, is going to carry out another instalment of the famous BlindWiki project, which will take place in Wrocław, as part of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 celebrations. BlindWiki is an interactive, international civic network, in which blind or visually impaired users share information about architectonic obstacles they meet on their way using their mobile phones. Based on their reports, a constantly updated on-line accessibility map of the cities is created.

BlindWiki is not only an on-line platform with information on obstacles and difficulties seen every day by the participants of the project, but also a trove of experiences, opinions and stories, combined into a creative cartography of the invisible. But BlindWiki is more than that, as the project also includes a two-week workshop with Antoni Abad, which aims at exchange of experiences between the blind and visually impaired and the residents of Wrocław thanks to active participation of the users. The project is also an initiative which provides both orientation and entertainment to its members. It may not replace a white cane or a guide dog, but it has a potential to supplement them. The goal of the project is to create a non-obvious map of the city and to inspire a debate on the presence of the blind and visually impaired people in public space. As a result, a global exchange network is built among users, who now have an opportunity to talk about their experiences and express their opinions, but most importantly, also a way to compare conditions in their home cities and lobby for the better and more advanced facilities in the urban landscape.

Thanks to the project, created by Antoni Abad, who explores our social space using artistic tools, the residents of Wrocław will have a chance to see more...

The project is open to everyone - the blind and visually impaired, as well as people with normal eyesight. Everyone can participate in the creation of the BlindWiki sensory map by downloading a mobile application. Visually impaired people and the allies are always welcome! Everyone can join the international BlindWiki community using the link below:

https://blind.wiki/site/index


BlindWiki Wrocław 18 28.10.2016


Workshops with Antoni Abad will take place in “Proza” Club, House of Literature Wrocław (Przejście Garncarskie 2).


Schedule of accompanying events:

Press conference - 28.10.16, 12.00 p.m., “Proza” Club,  House of Literature Wrocław (Przejście Garncarskie 2)

After the press conference, a tour of Wrocław will take place, during which the participants will present the city from a different perspective using the application.

Debate

A month after the workshops, in mid-November, a public debate with experts is planned. More details will be released soon.

The invited experts are:

Kamil Pietrowiak ‒ doctoral candidate at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Wrocław. Since 2011 he has been conducting an ethnographic study on social circumstances of the life of blind people. In 2015 he carried out a project titled “The use of new technologies in the life of blind people - capabilities, needs and limitations.” Organiser of a series of “Walks by Touch” in Wrocław, Gdańsk and Łódź, as well as meetings aiming at presenting the perspective of blind people to the wider audience.


Bartek Lis - sociologist, doctor of social science, cultural animator and teacher. Curator of social projects of the Wrocław Contemporary Museum, coordinator of the “audience development” (including the audience in active participation in culture). Originator of integration workshop for visually impaired people, organised at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum since 2012. To date, almost ten such meetings have taken place. He also collaborates with the “Culture Without Barriers” Foundation (by e.g. participating in the annual project “Culture Without Barriers Week”.)

 

Organiser: European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016
Coordinators: Dominika Kulczyńska, Monika Tramś

Partners: House of Literature Wrocław, Eudajmonia Foundation, Katarynka Foundation

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Antoni Abad, BlindWiki, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, zdjecie Galya Feierman (2) Antoni Abad, BlindWiki logo (1) unnamed-24 unnamed-25 unnamed-26 unnamed-27 unnamed-28 unnamed-9 unnamed-19 unnamed-22

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