Shapereader Workshop

Manouach, I. (Member)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial


An important procedure of this dissertation is nurtured through ongoing practice-based Shapereader workshops and exhibitions conducted with a variety of different partners (museums, comics festivals, disability fairs, blind communities and schools).
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. The users got familiarized with the Shapereader repertoire of tactigrams (tactile ideograms) designed to provide haptic equivalents for objects, actions, affections, characters and so on.
Period3 Nov 201719 Nov 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationHelsinki, Finland