Researcher Eva Fotiadi was invited to give a guest presentation for the accessibility programme of the Greek National Opera in Athens. The presentation revolved around her research and the activities of the artistic initiative The OtherAbilities, which Fotiadi co-founded in 2019, and worked closely with until 2022.
The Greek National Opera has been running an eight-month-long workshop series titled ‘Sound Art and the experience of Deafness: Hearing as a Physical Experience’. The workshops are ran primarily for D/deaf young people and those linked to the deaf communities of Athens. Fotiadi discussed the artistic and curatorial research and projects of The OtherAbilities in collaboration with a range of visual and sound artists, engineers, music professionals, and people with diverse hearing abilities and interests in the arts. The aim of the lecture was to create ground for discussion, and to inspire workshop participants in anticipation of a performative installation that they will create as an output of the workshop.
‘Could experimental sensory translation of art works improve their accessibility for sensory diverse exhibition audiences?’
Eva Fotiadi is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group and a theory tutor at the St Joost School of Art and Design, where she is also a member of the Diversity Dialogues platform
Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.