Update: Audio Description:  The Art of Access

Note Pad 2016

182 Audio Description: the Art of Access

Workshop, London, 21 October 2016, 10.00am-6.00pm: preliminary announcement

Sponsored by Royal Holloway, University of London, and organised by Hannah Thompson and Eleanor Margolies, this one-day workshop aims to explore some of the aesthetic and technological questions around the practice of audio description for live performance and in museums and galleries. The keynote talk will be given by Louise Fryer, author of An Introduction to Audio Description: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2016).

Prospective topics for discussion include:

● Audio description in promenade, site-specific and multi-media performance

● Integrated audio description

● Audio description for dance

● Audio description for opera

● Indeterminacy and surprise: what is ‘access’ for post-dramatic and non-narrative performance

● Other resources for access to the visual elements of performance such as performer- guides, recorded introductions, touch tours and haptic tools

● Access to theatre for blind and partially-sighted children and young people – is a different approach needed?

● The relationship between verbal description and tactile and kinaesthetic experience in the touch tour and pre-show movement workshop

● Other people making use of audio description: theatre-goers on the autistic spectrum, sighted museum visitors, students of visual culture

● Blind and partially-sighted performers’ experience of audio description and touch tours

● Talking about diversity, bodies, sex and violence

● The museum experience: orientation, audio information, tactile guides and handling collections

● The describing voice: whose voice? Live or recorded? Human or synthesised?

● The strengths and limitations of infrared, radio and wireless systems; in-ear, on-ear and bone conduction headphones; new directions in sound technology

● Achieving a balance between speech, music, recorded sound and description

● Archives – the potential of description scripts as performance documentation.

The central London venue and workshop programme are to be confirmed. There is no cost to attend the event and lunch will be provided. For further information and booking forms when available, please contact: Hannah.Thompson@rhul.ac.uk