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Exciting workshop at Galerie Belvedere

06:30 PM

The AMBAVis project team was invited by the Galerie Belvedere to get an in-depth impression about its exhibits and handling sessions for blind and visually impaired people. On the 12th of December 2014 the project partners had the chance to get to know the Belvedere and its exhibits in a different way: They experienced them by touching and smelling while an art historian explained their meaning.
A very impressive exhibit is the 3D model of the palace Upper Belvedere which was produced especially for blind and visually impaired visitors and can be seen in the picture below.

Another interesting and fruitful discussion was about the famous painting “the kiss” of Gustav Klimt regarding specific aspects that have to be taken into account when producing a tactile model – from the perspective of the blind and visually impaired people as well as from an art-historical point of view.

Some participants are exploring the 3D model of the palace Upper Belvedere being the main exhibition venue

AMBAVis team visits Galerie Belvedere

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AMBAVis has officially started – Kick-off Meeting in Vienna

06:10 PM

On 11 December 2014 the official AMBAVis kick-off meeting took place in Vienna. Project partners from Slovakia, Germany, United Kingdom and Austria came together at the venue of Economica in order to discuss general approaches as well as the expected outcome of the project. The first steps within the project comprise an overview over “good practice” of existing handling sessions for blind and visually impaired people in museums and the development of a prototype relief-printing-medium. The medium will be used later on in order to prepare various haptic media for the focus group: Therefore a discussion about possible paintings and objects of partner museums to be transformed into haptics within the project took place. The significance of criteria for art history as well as the technical feasibility were analyzed. Regarding the economic analysis requirements to the data have been set up. Furthermore there has been a discussion about a possible copyright exception for haptic media similar to the WIPO treaty which allows for national limitations and exceptions to the copyright-holders in order to provide books in accessible formats.

In total the kick-off meeting was characterized by fruitful discussions, committed project partners and the common goal to launch a successful project. The next project partner meeting will take place in May 2015 in Manchester and the project partners are looking forward to intensify the cooperative partnership!

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Conference for blind and visually impaired people in Bratislava

05:31 PM

From the 9th until 11th of december 2014 the Slovak Union of Blind and Partially Sighted organized a conference in Bratislava with the theme: Qualified access to cultural institutions and events for people with visual impairments, with the aim to foster their social inclusion and awareness. The conference was organized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture SK and under the auspices of the Minister of Culture Marek Maďarič. On this platform non-profit organization Trnka presented their project “Touch the History” (teaching humanities and thus raising the mental development of children in all schools with visually impaired children in Slovakia). As the project AMBAVis was already in phase of the first working meeting of 11th of december 2014 and the ideas for the project are largely compatible with the presented topic Mr. Trnka also briefly introduce the project AMBAVis to the audience. The conference was attended by about 30 participants mainly staff of museums and galleries from all over Slovakia. With practical examples of 3D models – that were a part of the presented project – Mr. Trnka could mentioned the purpose and need of AMBAVis, which could might also act as a practical continuation of the project “Touch the History”.

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