von Abhay Adhikari (Guest) & Andrea Geipel
Thumbnail picture by Azam Masoumzadeh
On September 16, we kicked off season 2 of the Meaning Making programme. We were happy to start working with the project team once again - Jenni Mueller (producer), Azam Masoumzadeh (comic artist), Natalie Nelissen (Evaluation) and Ralph Würschinger (Audio Engineer). We've made a couple of changes to the duration and format in Season 2. You can read about that here. As we did in Season 1, we'll present a short summary after every episode along with a comic and podcast.
Episode 4: Inclusion (illustration: Azam Masoumzade)
The theme of our fourth Meaning Making episode was Accessibility, and once again, we felt that we are bringing two different worlds together through the perspectives of our speakers - Alastair Somerville and Wana Udobang.
Alastair works with clients to ensure that new technologies are inclusive. He pointed out that even though some technology has the potential to deliver on accessibility and inclusion, we still need a human touch. He gave the example of a museum in London that wanted to use Virtual Reality to make the underground railway network more accessible to all visitors. Whilst VR was indeed creating accessibility it wasn’t a memorable experience. Therefore, in each VR screening they also included a human character instead of a voice over.
Wanna is a writer, poet, journalist and filmmaker. She spends a lot of time making the artistic process accessible through interviews that are published on different social media platforms. She hopes that by doing so, she can inspire more people to engage with the arts and culture. Furthermore, she mentioned, there is an imperative to share the process of emerging artists from different cultural contexts or we won’t have the source material for our future archives which must reflect diversity.
Both Wana and Alastair shared a similar take on storytelling with regards to accessibility - storytelling, when done without the intention of imposing a certain view, can help cultural professionals bypass institutional hierarchy.
And finally, in this episode, Alastair helped us create a museum of emotional stories. The outcome of this activity took us all by surprise. If you’d like to find out more, make sure you read the comic.
And of course there is, as always, a podcast episode and a comic to listen to and read up on.
Download the Comic for Episode 4 here: Comic Episode 4
On November 11, Abhay and Andrea will lead Episode 5: Engagement.
You can find details to the whole programme here.