The Réseau Art Nouveau Network will approach the issue of making Art Nouveau heritage accessible to the visually impaired public through a number of Innovation Labs for our partners. The central objective of this action is to challenge misconceptions that heritage such as Art Nouveau can only be experienced and enjoyed using visual senses. The process requires the development of alternative ways of communicating the emotions of a piece of art, design or architecture, so they can be translated for the visually impaired: The aim is to explore Art Nouveau in three different dimensions: perceptive, conceptual and expressive, and to encourage different levels of experience: individual, bilateral communication between the guide and visitor and group exchanges of impressions and ideas. The rich use of materials and form in Art Nouveau makes it an ideal subject for equally valid sensory experiences.
The Report from the first Innovation Lab, held in Bruxelles-Brussel in October 2005
Photos from our action day on the visually impaired audience, held in Riga, 24 October 2006, with representatives from Com access, Barcelona: