Reviewing Imagined Touch
Imagined Touch, a DeafBlind Live Art project by Jodee Mundy collaborations, is a multi-lingual work which crosses participatory and multi-sensory arts within a theatre framework while at the same time pioneering a model of inclusion which attends to different sensory needs of audience members. Bringing together a team of artists in the fields of sound, lighting design, interpreting and haptic communication to work with two DeafBlind emerging artists Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens, this work asks the audience to navigate their own sensorial potential.
Imagined Touch, while rooted in the DeafBlind community’s need for agency in mainstream culture, also has the intention and potential as an emerging art-form which brings agency and application to all society by opening up modes of aesthetic experience lead by the DeafBlind. The language used by critics and reviewers has the potential to influence and even facilitate receptivity to works such as Imagined touch, and influence the aesthetic development of inclusive participatory arts. However this is complex and multifaceted, and requires critical language to develop in tandem with the form.
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