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The Shapereader Workshop is a unique occasion for visually impaired and sighted participants to meet and create side by side a tactile narrative based on an ad-hoc language. The group is given a set of tablets carrying different geometric engravings. The participants learn how to collectively identify the different shapes. By activating tactility as a cognitive tool, they then proceed to attribute meanings to the different shapes. The goal of the workshop is not simply to reflect the community’s expression by a collectively-built story, but to provide the very same genetic material for textual production: a repertoire of empty symbols that can be reiteratively attributed different meanings and functions according to each community’s specific needs, preoccupations and issues.


Photo Credits:

Tel Aviv: Neta Alonim