After its first screening in Japan, Koko Okano's documentary "Hands touch the world" about the Museo Omero has arrived in Italy.
The film will be shown at the Ridotto del Teatro delle Muse in Ancona on Thursday 31 August at 9pm and at the Museo Virtuale della Scultura e dell'Architettura in Pietrasanta on Saturday 9 September at 6pm.
Ancona and the Museo Omero in the film
"Touch a sculpture with your hands, in order to perceive a small piece of this world. I came across a photograph of a man embracing a sculpture. And i wanted to know why he touches it so lovingly."
These comments made by Koko Okano, the Japanese film director, who has visited Italy and the Museo Omero several times in recent years, sum up the history of the idea that led to the creation of an entirely tactile museum - a place where you can experience the perception of art outwith the supremacy of vision.
Koko, who has worked as a museum manager in Japan for many years, was particularly impressed by our museum. She constructed the film passing a lot of time with its founders, Aldo and Daniela, listening to the staff discuss their accumulated expertise and filming our activities. She also researched similar instances in Italy.
The 60-minute documentary film "Hands that touch the world" was very successfully premiered at the Vangi Museum in Shizuoka, Japan last year. It was also shown at the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art and the National Art Centre in Tokyo.
In order that everyone, including people with visual or hearing impairments, can fully enjoy the film, the screening will be accompanied with audio description and Italian subtitles. We thank ALI - Accessibilita' Lingue e inclusione for their collaboration in this project.
Admission is free. Everyone is invited to discover an international story which was born and flourished in our city thanks to the force of the idea and its protagonists.
Born in 1973, Koko completed the Master of Arts and Art Education programme at Columbia University Graduate School. She designed the "Sense of Wonder - in another Garden" and the "Everyone needs a Stone - Seeing the world through eyes and hands" exhibitions at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum of Shizuoka. She conducts research on the possibilities of art education founded on senses other than sight.