NYC Conference

Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning, Creativity and Communication

September 28-30, 2007

Organized by

Art Beyond Sight Logo The Metropolitan Museum of Art Logo

Convenors:
Art Beyond Sight
Rebecca McGinnis, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
, Art Beyond Sight

Locations:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
and
The Whitney Museum of American Art


SESSION ABSTRACTS

PRESENTER BIOS


Friday, September 28, 2007

Morning in Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

9:00 – 9:45
 

REGISTRATION
 

9:45 – 10:05 

WELCOME
Emily Rafferty, President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, introduced by Rebecca McGinnis, Access Coordinator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, introduced by Art Beyond Sight
 

10:05–10:45

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Stephen Kuusisto, Professor of Creative Writing and Disability Studies, The University of Iowa, author of Planet of the Blind
 

10:45 –1:00

THE SENSES IN CONTEXT
Perspectives on the Senses from Art Education, Visual Culture, Psychology and Neuroscience

Chair: Linda Pring, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Visual culture and dis/ability
    Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University
  • Artistic development and the senses
    Judith Burton, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Creativity and the senses
    Michael Hanson, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Psychology and the senses
    Charles Spence, Oxford University
  • Neuroscience and the aesthetic impulse
    V.S. Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego (via video link)
     

1:00 – 2:15

LUNCH BREAK
on your own – see green sheet in conference folder for nearby restaurant suggestions
 

Concurrent sessions
In various locations, indicated next to each session below. See pink conference session locations sheet in conference folder for directions. Please note that you must be escorted to sessions taking place in the Kravis Conference Room and Conference Room 4D at the Met. If you wish to attend sessions in these rooms, please meet 15 minutes before start time at the Conference Meeting Point in the Great Hall.

Please refer to speaker abstracts in the conference folder for information about the content of each panel.
 

2:15 – 3:30 MULTIMODAL LEARNING IN DIVERSE SETTINGS
 
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
  • Strategies for Museums
    Chair: Art Beyond Sight
    Panelists: Waafa el-Saddik, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo;
    Sandra Eastwood, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Leena Hannula, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Finland; Caro Howell, Whitechapel Art Gallery, UK
    Discussant: Linda Pring, Goldsmiths College, University of London
     
Met
Kravis conference room
  • Strategies for Libraries
    Chair: Carrie Banks, Brooklyn Public Library
    Panelists: Jenny Nilsson, Swedish Library for Talking Books and Braille; William Reed, Cleveland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; Jeongsoon Oum, Korean Association of Blind Artists
     

Whitney Museum, 5th floor conference room (BGTR)

  • Cultural Heritage and the Senses
    Chair: Helene-Marie Gosselin, Director, UNESCO/NYOPanelists: Rochelle Roca-Hachem, Program Specialist for Culture, UNESCO/NYO; Joel Chadabe, UNESCO Digiarts Partner; Richard Donald Smith, African Music Scholar and Musician; Kojiro Hirose, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, JapanDiscussant: Clara Ines Rojas-Sebesta, Art Beyond Sight
     

3:30 – 4:00

BREAK
 

Concurrent sessions
 

4:00 – 5:15 INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO LEARNING AND ENVIRONMENTS
 
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
  • Public Spaces and Multisensory Design
    Chair: Matthew Sapolin, NYC Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
    Panelists: Michael Graves, Michael Graves Associates;
    Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human-Centered Design at Adaptive Environments; John Zeisel, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care; Joan M. McGovern and Chinyere Oguekwe, JPMorgan Chase
    Discussant: Carlos Mourão Pereira, Architect
     
Whitney Museum, 5th floor conference room (BGTR)
  • Case Studies in Multimodal Approaches to Arts Access
    Chair: Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art
    Panelists: Pam Rogers, Pure Vision Arts/The Shield Institute;
    Fran Prezant, Abilities! (National Center for Disability Services); Debra Cole, EdD student at Teachers College Columbia University
     
Met conference room 4D
  • Soundscapes
    Chair: Lou Giansante, Art Beyond Sight
    Panelists: Edmund Mooney, Composer, Sound Artist and Acoustic Ecologist; Sofie Andersen, Antenna Audio; Jeff Tancil, Lower East Side Tenement Museum; Martin Quinn, Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab
    Discussant: Richard Donald Smith, Musician, Educator and Music Scholar
     

Met
Kravis conference room

  • Sensualizations: Embodied Sensory Imagination. An Experiential Workshop
    Dana Salisbury, Multi-disciplinary Artist; Creator/Director, Dark Dining Projects
     
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
 

5:30 – 6:00

CLOSING REMARKS

Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Adaptive Environments

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2007

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

10:00–11:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Alvaro Pascual Leone, Associate Professor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Director of the Laboratory for Magnetic Brain Stimulation and Director of Research at the Behavioral Neurology Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
 

11:00 – 1:00 

THE SCIENCE OF THE SENSES: PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE

Chair: Lotfi Merabet, Harvard Medical Center

  • Experience shapes human brain development and function
    Helen Neville, University of Oregon
  • Brain plasticity, sensory substitution and integration, and the work of Paul Bach-y-Rita
    Yuri Danilov, University of Wisconsin
  • Vision meets touch in the human brain
    Krish Sathian, Emory University
  • Metaphoric pictures devised by an early-blind adult on her own initiative
    John Kennedy, University of Toronto
     

1:00 – 3:30

LUNCH BREAK
on your own – see green sheet in conference folder for nearby restaurant suggestions
 

Douglas Dillon Board Room (Met)
 

1:00 – 3:30

 

POSTER SESSIONS
Antenna Audio, New York City
The Chicago History Museum
EduArt, Milan, Italy
Yayoi Mashimo, Educator, Tokyo, Japan
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York City
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ann Cunningham, Artist, Denver
Roz Driscoll, Artist, Massachusetts
MIT Touch Lab, Boston
Touch Graphics, New York City
ViewPlus Technology
 

Concurrent Sessions
In various locations, indicated next to each session below. See pink conference session locations sheet in conference folder for directions. Please note that you must be escorted to sessions taking place in the Kravis Conference Room and Conference Room 4D at the Met. If you wish to attend sessions in these rooms, please meet 15 minutes before start time at the Conference Meeting Point in the Great Hall.

Please refer to speaker abstracts in the conference folder for information about the content of each panel.
 

3:30 – 4:45

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

  • Technology and the Senses
    Chair: Mandayam A. Srinivasan, MIT Touch Lab
    Panelists: Aimee Arnoldussen, Wicab BrainPort; John Gardner, ViewPlus Technology; Steven Landau, Touch Graphics, Inc.; and Carlos Mourão Periera, Architect
    Discussant: Krish Sathian, Emory University
     
Met
Douglas Dillon Board Room
  • Art and the Five Senses
    Chair: Lisa Yayla, Huseby Kompetansesenter, Oslo, Norway; Founder, Accessible Image discussion group, Norway
    Panelists: Roz Driscoll, Elizabeth Goldring, Nitza Horner, and Michael A. Naranjo
    Discussant: Elizabeth Sweeney, National Gallery of Canada
     

Whitney Museum, 5th floor conference room (BGTR)

  • The Science of Creativity: Psychology and Neuroscience for Educators
    Chair: Linda Pring, Goldsmiths College, University of London
    Panelists: Lotfi Merabet, Harvard Medical Center, and Charles Spence, Oxford University
     

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2007

Please note that each of the three morning sessions meets in a different location. Please allow yourself enough time to find your chosen session. They will begin promptly at 10:00.

Concurrent sessions
In various locations, indicated next to each session below. See pink conference session locations sheet in conference folder for directions. Please note that you must be escorted to sessions taking place in the Kravis Conference Room and Conference Room 4D at the Met. If you wish to attend sessions in these rooms, please meet 15 minutes before start time at the Conference Meeting Point in the Great Hall.

Please refer to speaker abstracts in the conference folder for information about the content of each panel.

10:00 – 11:15

Met
Douglas Dillon Board Room

  • Strategies for Museums II
    Chair: Art Beyond Sight
    Panelists: Maribeth Flynn, Brooklyn Museum of Art; Maria-Jose Anía and Monica Suris, ComAccess, Barcelona; Elizabeth Sweeney, National Gallery of Canada; Hollie Ecker, Roberto Wirth Fund ONLUS (Italy)
    Discussant: Selmin Kangal, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
     
Whitney Museum, 2nd floor conference room (CR2)
  • Technology and the Senses II
    Chair: Helen Petrie, University of York (UK)
    Panelists: Caro Howell, Whitechapel Art Gallery (UK); Jaime Sánchez, University of Chile; Josh Miele, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
     

Met
Petrie Court

  • Responding to Art Through Dance and Movement Workshop
    Susan Norwood and Suzette Neptune, The Project Volume
     

11:15 – 11:45

BREAK
 

11:45 – 1:00 ROUNDTABLES
Whitney Museum, 2nd floor conference room (CR2)
  • Tactile Graphics Roundtable
    Moderator: Helen Petrie, University of York
    Participants: Teresa Kardoulias, Art Beyond Sight; Lisa Yayla, Accessible Image (Norway); Ileana Sanchez (Puerto Rico); Jenny Nilsson, Swedish Library for Talking Books and Braille; Steve Landau, Touch Graphics; Bernat Franquesa, Touch Graphics; Caro Howell, Whitechapel Art Gallery, UK; and John Gardner, ViewPlus Technology
     
Met
Douglas Dillon Board Room
  • Artists Roundtable
    Moderator: , Art Beyond Sight
    Participants: Jeongsoon Oum, Ann Cunningham, Roz Driscoll,  Anne Walton, Barry Kleider, and Michael Schneider
     

Meet at the conference meeting point in the Great Hall

TOURS AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (registration required – sign up in advance at the registration table outside Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium on Friday and Saturday)
 
 

Douglas Dillon Board Room (Met)
 

1:20-1:45

CLOSING REMARKS
Elisabeth Axel, Founder, Art Beyond Sight
 

3:00 – 5:00
See tours sheet in your conference folder for meeting places at each museum

TOUCH, VERBAL DESCRIPTION, AND OTHER TOURS AT NYC MUSEUMS
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
(Sign up in advance at the registration table outside Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium on Friday and Saturday.)

 

Art Beyond Sight and this conference are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, Antenna Audio, Commerce Bank, and L’Occitane.

 

Access programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art are made possible by MetLife Foundation. Access programs are also made possible by the generous support of the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation; the Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust; The Ceil & Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation, Inc.; the Allene Reuss Memorial Trust; The Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust; and the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, Inc.

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