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Sense the Colours
by Turel Sut
Art for all, not just for the sighted
Type of activity:Providing art for the blind and partially sighted in Europe. Providing art for all senses (touch, smell, hearing and sight).
Media: Paintings in acrylic on canvas and paper, tactile description panels, audio information and fragrances.
Subject:Destruction of animal habitat in the wild
This project has been painted in 8 different countries to point out global warming, green house gases, forest fires, deforestation, oils spills, animal hunting, rapid human population growth are the causes of animal habitat lost and extinction.
Turel chose to paint the eyes of animals for two reasons:
First, through his paintings he would like people to see the world through the eye of an animal and understand the dangers which they face.
He would like to bring awareness to the continuous loss of animals in the wild. Habitat destruction is currently the most important cause of species extinction worldwide.
Colours are so important for us and for nature to survive. People have got their own understanding of colours which is personal to each individual. This subject has always intrigued Turel and pushed him to explore his own interpretation of colours. He is aiming to explain colours to people who have never had chance to see them before.
Second, he wanted to point out the importance of our senses, in particular sight. We are naturally visual beings and we depend on sight. However, he would like to think we do not need to rely on our eyes to sense colours. Our other senses should be able to provide a little information about colours.
Involving blind and partially sighted people to come, touch, listen to, hear, and smell his art works. He will try to give them opportunity to be a part in art the way they are used to seeing (interacting) with the world. Most of the of paintings are duplicated. One for sighted people to see and directly below the painting, will be the second artwork on a the wall for the blind and partly sighted to experience. These panels will depict the content of the top paintings by using raised surfaces and textures, with various scents. Also, next to each artwork will be an audio guide, describing the paintings.
Through this project Turel tries to point out to the art world and the public an area of art which is very limited and restricted for the visually impaired but is completely open to the sighted.
I would like more artists to express their art by considering others rather than just the sighted. Plus, organise similar events and exhibitions in the future.
Additionally, bringing more attention to the survival of wildlife in the world, is another important aim of the project
Touch +Smell +Hear +See.
Touch: Sense the colours provides an opportunity for blind people to touch art works. Project providing tactile images with each art work so people can get a physical image of the painting itself.
Technology: Some of the artworks has technological devises built into the tactile panels. For example, when you touch the polar bear art work, you will feel cold. When you touch the forest fire art work, you will feel warm.When you touch the whale painting you will hear whale cry.
Smell: I use mixed fragrances with the art works to provide an opportunity for people to use their sense of smell and make connections with colours.
Hearing: There are detailed audio descriptions for each painting. This information is available in four different languages; English, German, Turkish and Italian.
Sight (Visual): Many of the art works are in detail of a chosen animal and painted large scale to help people with visual difficulties. Bright and vibrant colours have been used to help the visually impaired see and identify the image better.
What Turel wants to achieve:
Turel’s aim is not to teach or reteach colours to the visual impaired. It would be inappropriate and patronising to do this. Everybody has got their own perception and way of understanding of colours. Through this project he wants to express his perception and love of colour to all, not just to the sighted.
In this project he will try to point out to the art world and the public an area which is very limited and restricted for the visually impaired but is completely open to the sighted. Thus, making art accessible to all but only if this idea becomes popular in art world. Turel would like more artists to express their art by considering others rather than just the sighted. Plus, organise similar events and exhibitions in the future.
Sighted or not, all people will be able to come and experience art using many senses. It will be open to the public.
Bringing more attention to the survival of wildlife in the world, is another big aim of the exhibition.
Audio information:available in English,German,Italian,Turkish
Sense the Colours is touring Germany and Switzerland and has been well supported.In the near future the project will go to Turkey and the Italian speaking part of Switzerland (Tenero) on 26th November.That is the reason the project has been translated into four languages
Sense The Colours Touring program
Tour 1: Hotel Konstanz GERMANY
Tour 2: I.B.Z Internationales Blindenzentrum Landschlacht SWITZERLAND
10 / 11 /2010 – 15/03/2011 www.ibzlandschlacht.ch
Tour 3:Blindenheim Freiburg GERMANY
18/03/2011 – 01/04/2011 www.blindenheim-freiburg.de
Tur 4: Garten fest Konstanz-GERMANY 25/06/2011 26/02/2011
Tour 5: 27/07/2011 -27/07/2011Treffpunkt petershausen 78467 Konstanz GERMANY
Tour 6 :Casa Tarcisio Tenero ITALIAN PART OF SWITZERLAND
Unitas Associazione ciechi e ipovedenti
della Svizzera Italiana 6598 Tenero www.unitas.ch
Tour 7: 24/02/2012 İSVİÇRE www.ibzlandschlacht.ch
Tur 8: I.B.Z -CAB Fidaca Conference SWITZERLAND
Tur 9: 2012 LUZAN SWITZERLAND
Tur10:2012 Programı İZMİR ,DENİZLİ,İSTANBUL,TÜRKİYE
Tour 11: For the exhibition in England date will be confirmed in the future.