Consider how fundamental vision is to the typical museum or art gallery visit. Every component of the experience, from the collection to the signage, is designed for the sighted guest.
Enter legally blind Canadian artist and "non-visual learner" Carmen Papalia. He has actively worked to dispel this visual bias as an entry point to art by masterminding experiential pieces designed to turn the tables on sight.
The Vancouver, British Columbia, native's past projects include "Mobility Device," in which he collaborated with a marching band to explore Santa Ana, Calif., using predetermined musical cues to avoid obstacles and "see" his surroundings. During another piece, "White Cane Amplified," Papalia replaced his regular walking cane with a megaphone, through which he announced his impairment and requested help navigating a downtown environment.