Altering Perception

Emadi, A. (2022) Altering Perception. [Artefact]

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This double-screen video installation explores perception, touch, and imagination from a deafblind ‘point-of-view (experience)’. Working with Issy McGrath who has Usher Syndrome Type II and is severely deaf and completely blind, the work developed based on her perception. Issy describes herself as living in a sensory world, a world of touch. During the pandemic, for deafblind people who rely on touch, home became a space of safety but also isolation. This video captures Issy in her space and investigates how touch can trigger imagination and memory. Two screens interacted with each other; one showed Issy in her space, and the other exposed an imaginal and performative encounter with space and objects. The installation finds further inspiration in the theory of the imaginal realm (Alam-al-methal) from classical Persian-Islamic philosophy. This is the world of immaterial shapes and unknown images that can be perceived through inner perception. The work gives a glimpse of the ordinariness, the mundanity of living as a deafblind person making sense of the world, inhabiting space through fingertips, and opening one’s perception into the imperceptible.

Item Type:Artefact
Additional Information:Documentation of the installation, Altering Perception, can be accessed in the video Studio T Exhibition Tour.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Emadi, Dr Azadeh
Authors: Emadi, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
311811Touch post-covid19: navigating through deafblindness in Scotland via contactless haptic audio-visual technologies of perception.Azadeh EmadiArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/V012797/1Arts - Film and television studies