Imagined Touch, the installation, is centred upon two Deafblind women – Heather Lawson, a performer and Michelle Stevens, a pianist – exploring their profound experience of living in a world without sight or sound.
Touch is the main way that Deafblind people navigate, communicate and connect with others. In a society where touch is not encouraged, Deafblind people grapple with universal questions of isolation, access and human connection.
In this installation, audiences wear goggles and headphones that alter and restrict light and sound, and through intensified touch and tactile communication, will experience the artists’ stories in a profoundly different sensory environment and explore Heather and Michelle’s stories through an imagined touch of the senses.
Performers & collaborators: Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens
Installation Concept and Director: Jodee Mundy
Installation Co-director: David Pidd
Set, Lighting & Visual Design: Jen Hector
Composition & Sound Design: Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey
Director of Photography: Tom Chapman
Technical Manager: Taran Ablitt
Installation Tactile Guides: Michael Katzakis, Mikaela Parker, Cindy- Lu Bailey, Stevie-Lee Bounader, Gloria Stead & Janelle Wallan
Installation Guides Coordinator: Sofya Gollan
Audio Description: Jodee Mundy
Technical Operators: Tim Seconi & Nathalie Devilliers
Recipient of Green Room Award Innovation in Experiential Performance 2016
Premiered at Sydney Festival, CarriageWorks 10th-15th of January 2017
Sydney Festival Installation Partners: Accessible Arts NSW, Able Australia, The Deaf Society and Arts Access Victoria.
Imagined Touch Installation was commissioned by Sydney Festival and funded by Ministry for the Arts
Imagined Touch the installation is unique worldwide and is available for national and international touring.