Conceptual Art Workshop for the Blind
Social artwork / Educational program
10 two-hour classes
In the land of the blind, the visual arts are almost entirely mute. In galleries and museums, artworks that visually impaired people cannot see are furthermore prohibited to be touched. The Conceptual Art Workshop for the Blind provides an unfiltered art education for the visually impaired where the nature of the course content—the visual negation inherent in conceptual art—theoretically transforms the disability of blindness into a critical ability.
While conceptual art proposes that vision and beauty are secondary—that the idea of an artwork is paramount and can substitute the dependence on an art object—a conceptual artwork still requires a physical form to express its ideas. The Conceptual Art Workshop for the Blind is both a celebration and critique of conceptual art, amplifying the possibilities of its expression and appreciation while exploring its limitations. Making conceptual art comprehensible to a public that is generally excluded from artistic dialogue, the workshop provides its students with innovative strategies for developing and expressing artistic, philosophical and political ideas in new forms and contexts.