Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Immersive Art Exhibits offer those with physical impairments to explore imagination and fantasy


Immersive art exhibits are more and more popular around the world as people want to become "one" with the art, having the desire to escape physical reality and become part of the art experience itself.  For the blind as well as those who are sighted, becoming completely submerged into an exhibit is an exhilarating and inspiring experience.  "It's a place for interaction, exploration and play. People become "transported"-- taken inside a different dimension that changes the way they see and feel about the world around them." Discovering art through the human senses is both stimulating and exciting. 

Here at MaxiAids we offer thousands of products that stimulate and engage the senses, and educate and encourage independence in children and adults with physical challenges.  Our products help provide the freedom and confidence to engage in experiences and creative exploration outside of the home.

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A new millennial art scene has now emerged, including large scale, expansive room installations, as people long to stretch their imaginations and tap into the feeling of discovery, adventure and artistic illusion.  It's like stepping into a playground for adults, as well as for children.  Many of these exhibits have popularized themselves as social media photo opportunities, where people enjoy seeing themselves immersed in fantasy backgrounds, as though they walked right into a dream...

For the blind, deaf and visually impaired, the fantasy differs, as immersive exhibits include sensory touch, hearing, smell, and sometimes taste.

 For the artists, building imaginative hands-on three-dimensional exhibits in rooms, hallways and spaces have inspired everyone who walks in-- sighted or not, and is quite gratifying for the artists, as they have the opportunity in witnessing their visitors interacting inside their creative visions.

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One of the new, immersive art exhibits in Salt Lake City, Utah was specifically designed for students who are visually impaired, have hearing loss or both. Dreamscapes is a pop-up art experience that uses the students' imaginations to take them through a tour of physical and digital artwork.

It’s a 14,000-square-foot labyrinth that taps into the subconscious," giving each student a way to visualize and explore the outside world in a way they never have dreamed.  For some of the staff at the museum, it was emotional to watch the children wander through the art. I cried a couple of times," said Andrea Silva, "Dreamscapes" manager. "Being with the kids, they just took to all of the art exactly how it was intended, which was fully immersive, as they examined all the textures, and experienced different sounds and smells.  Art is typically focused on visuals, but "Dreamscapes" is aimed at the physical senses as well as the emotional ones too. 

With tactile games, scratch and sniff children's books, tactile maze books, talking products, low vision aids, blind accessories, and so much more, MaxiAids continues to offer products and modify some of these items to make life more enjoyable, entertaining and accessible for the blind, deaf and physically challenged. --Audrey Leonard





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