Is Visual Art for everyone?

We want to make
the greatest expressions in visual arts
available to the blinds

This tactile painting is currently on show
with the exhibit "From the Impressionists to Picasso"
@Palazzo Ducale in Genova

Concept


Mona Lisa Tactile Painting

Highly detailed tactile version of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Is Art for Everyone?

To more than 20 million visually impaired children and adults "the Last Supper", "Starry Night" and "The Scream of Nature" all look the same: black.

Today, visually-impaireds are cut out from knowing the iconographic face of the Christ, the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa, or the meaning of Magritte’s "Treachery of images".

This project gives access to visual art, and the culture it expresses, to visually impaireds and blinds (and children, older adults, and anyone else) by adapting famous paintings into a tactile medium.

What's in it


tactile paitings
page image

Super-high quality tactile painting

audio guides
Audioguide podcast

Stories and details description accompaign the user during the exploration of the artworks.

braille pages
page with braille characters

After testing several solutions, the best quality Braille embosser and pages are used for our publication.

latin pages
page with latin characters

Pages with latin characters.

About us


Martin M. Monti, Ph.D.

co-founder

Martin Monti headshot

Neuroscience Professor at the Univerisity of California, Los Angeles.

Alex Marianantoni

co-founder

Alessandro Marianantoni headshot

Artist and Interactive System Designer

Numbers


Where

Four new tactile paitings: Caravaggio, Raphael and Correggio.
for the Ministry of the Education, Roma Italy (Nov 19 - Dec 18, 2016)

Palazzo Ducale, Genova (Feb-Apr 2016)

UCLA Office of Information Technology, Open House (Jan 2016)

Rotary, Santa Monica (Dec 2015)

When we do it
Calendar

Challenges

Most of the challenges we needed to overcome were related to: interpretation, details, longevity, and very lower costs to create a great product. For example, to make sure we obtained the highest level of details we wanted to work in a similar production process used in the jewelry industry. This is a complex process that includes: 3D digital artists and designers, sculptors, 3D tooling systems, materials and art experts.

The research process for creating a 3D interpretation of a 2D image was also challenging. We went through several iterations, some of which failed. After several 3D digital artists and designers spent many hours creating 3D models, the models were first reviewed by us together with art historians. At the same time we were selecting the best shop in the world to create the molds we needed.

The booming of the 3D printing and tolling industry has definitely helped our project, but sometimes, all that buzz made it difficult to find the right tools and partners.

Thanks to several past projects we knew all of that already. At the beginning we valuated several shops internationally, then we started working with two and then proceeded only with the one that demonstrated the best capability and expertise.

To proof and improve our project we created several "workshops" (mainly parties) with blinds and visually impaired people with different demography that tested our tactile paintings. User testing allowed us to collect feedback directly from the users. This was something we enjoyed and definitely we’ll keep doing to improve the product.

Future


Interactive

This is our secret project: Interactive Tactile Painting visually responsive with adaptive audioguide.

Last Supper Interactive
Storytelling

Interactive storytelling combining audio guide and hand position.

Last Supper Interactive
Museum

We envision an itinerant exhibit with the greatest paintings in art history to be discovered by everyone.

Museum Exhibit Examples

Get in touch


Launch soon to be announced!
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Email
info@handsight.net
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