(In)visible Differences is an exploration of alternative perceptions when visible differences are actually invisible. Semra Sevin's inclusive exhibition opens during the Week of Sight, which can be experienced through all senses, for blind, visually impaired, as well as sighted people. The exhibition runs from October 14, '22 - early January, '23.
For (In)visible Differences, Sevin invited blind and visually impaired people from several continents to interview her online about perceptions of the "other" and share their observations on people and society. The interviews are accessible online shorturl.at/hox48 , as well as accompanying some artworks to listen to, and also accessible via QR code.
Interview participants were asked to submit a digital portrait. Parameters of the portraits such as dpi, color codes, and size were fed into a 3D program, resulting in non-figurative objects. These haptic objects were both recreated by hand and 3D printed. Three large centerpieces produce sound when touched.
In addition, the sculptures appeal to the olfactory senses. Each object is accompanied by a small preserving jar containing the favorite scent of the person it represents. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to create sound by touching each other at a sound station set up for this purpose. Thus, visitors can interactively experience tactile, audible, olfactory abstract portraits and connect with visitors through alternative senses. Mirrored foil on the walls transports the sighted viewer into an abstract world. The visually impaired are guided through the exhibition by floor markings. With her work, artist Sevin wants to raise a question that is important to her: "What can we learn from the visually impaired to develop a new, avant-garde way of perceiving the world that is inclusive?" The interviews and the exhibition offer an opportunity to experience people with visual impairments in an emancipated context.
Ulrich Krauss has used the blind people's statements about food (in public) to develop a menu that responds to their needs and preferences, or defies visual experience and communicates more through scent and taste. The bookable dinners are each accompanied by a visually impaired person.