The Omero Museum is one of the protagonists of podcast Reimagining the Visual Arts, released on the 8th December 2023, on Spotify and Apple Pocast.
The podcast is produced by the non-profit organization Lighthouse Guild in New York, which works to assist blind and visually impaired individuals through technology.
The podcast is part of the segment "On Tech and Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts", focused on exploring how technology enhances the lives of people with visual impairments. The segment has reached over 20 episodes, and it is available on the organization's website and on all the platforms where you can listen to podcasts. It has over 13,000 downloads and it continues to grow.
The narration of the Omero Museum is presented by our operator, Greta Sturm, who discusses the philosophy that drives us, as well as projects and activities, including where we stan in terms of the technologies we use.
The big takeaways
Reimagining the Visual Arts (audio e trascrizione).
- The Value of Versatility
Many photographers who are visually impaired require the use of large, unwieldy accessories in order to properly capture their work.
Sony and QD Laser are determined to solve this problem with the Retissa NeoViewer, which can replace cumbersome accessories like screen magnifiers and optical scopes.
- Sculpting Virtual Clay
The aim of Together, Tacit, is to "foster creative collaboration between blind, low-vision, and sighted individuals". A major way this is accomplished is by using the haptic glove to sculpt virtual, rather than physical, clay.
Working in VR makes it harder for the sighted partner to unintentionally influence the work of the artist who is blind or visually impaired. As a result, the experience for both users is more authentic and enriching.
- Reimagining the Museum Experience
The Tactile Omero Museum is much more than an opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired to interact with art - it's reimagining how that art is fundamentally experienced. By giving visitors a chance to engage with pieces on a tactile level, the museum gives everyone a chance to reconnect with a vital sense that many take for granted.
- Expanding Ability to Access Technology
For artists like Emily Metauten who are visually impaired, accessible technology makes it much easier to do their jobs. However, many governmental organizations don't have the infrastructure to provide this technology to them. Emily wants to raise awareness of how valuable this technology can be, and why providing it to people is so important.