Providing access to arts education through virtual platforms
This online documentary project, curated by Annali Cabano-Dempsey, Curator of the UJ Art Collection, and Niel Nortje, Manager of the MTN SA Art Collection, is currently being hosted on the Moving Cube. A newly developed UJ Art Gallery website, the Moving Cube offers content such as 3D virtual exhibitions, chat forums, educational programmes, virtual walkabouts, video interviews with artists and curators, media, and archival material.
Although the conceptual and tactile nature of The Blind Alphabet does not lend itself to a viable 3D virtual gallery experience, The Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate provides extensive documentation and augmenting explorations of this particular work. The project includes comprehensive video footage of the installation of The Blind Alphabet, accompanied by sound; photography and descriptions of the individual artworks in pop-up format; cutbacks to existing film documentation of previous exhibitions; interviews with Boshoff in his studio in Kensington, Johannesburg; and music accompanying each of the 40 sculptures, composed by Jaco Meyer, a Johannesburg based composer and researcher.
A large part of Meyer’s oeuvre consists of collaborations with Boshoff and his music for The Blind Alphabet explores ways in which sound can be used to augment the sculptures and their accompanying concepts.
In this latest digital experience, the visually impaired can access the text and music through a strategically placed QR code. All the sound files are hosted in URL link format on both the UJ Art Gallery and MTN websites.
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Willem Boshoff exhibition – The Blind Alphabet
Moving Cube – a newly developed UJ Art Gallery website
Mentorship, education and the Emerging Artist Development Programme – how to enter
Exploring The Blind Alphabet with MTN Foundation’s Niel Nortje
Curating context online: Annali Cabano-Dempsey discusses UJ’s Moving Cube