Audio Description – a way that people who can’t see are offered a description of the visual elements they are missing. But who determines what is important to be described and what is not? Is this once-removed viewing experience, that is controlled by someone else, a satisfactory one? Mandy Redvers-Rowe
Using Seeing in Isolation as a springboard for discussion, Multistory is collaborating with VocalEyes to bring together different perspectives on audio description. Speakers will include visually impaired photographer, Karren Visser; disability consultant and trainer, Kirin Saeed; writer, performer and activist, Mandy Redvers-Rowe; CEO of Vocal Eyes, Matthew Cock; visual artist specialising in drawing and painting, Sally Booth; and Chair of Sandwell Visually Impaired and TV audio description advocate, Tony Averis.
Speakers have been invited to make their case for audio description and their presentations will be followed by a discussion and questions from the audience.
This event is for people interested in accessibility and inclusion in the arts including artists and creatives, arts organisations, academics and voluntary and community organisations, regardless of whether you have experience of audio description.
The photographs shared in the presentation will be audio-described and the event will be BSL interpreted.
The event is part of Seeing in Isolation, a new digital project and exhibition from arts organisation, Multistory, based in the borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands; and photographer, Karren Visser. The project shares audio recordings, photographs and digital stories made with, and told by, members of Sandwell Visually Impaired that aims to challenge people’s understanding of sight loss. To find out more about Seeing in Isolationand to see the digital exhibition, click on the link here.
Photo Caption: Photograph of Perm at Hatton Country Royal Inn, Warwickshire; image provided by Perm for Seeing in Isolation, 2021. Perm says: ‘what you can’t see are my green shoes. I’m not colour co-ordinated at all and I had to excuse then as I had no visual problems at this stage.’