Title :

The dubious inheritance of touch : art history and museum access

Author :
CANDLIN, Fiona ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Numerous museums and galleries now offer tactile opportunities as part of their access provision. This article asks why touch is deemed to be more accessible than vision as a way of learning about art and what repercussions that has for blind and visually impaired audiences. While touch has been discussed in many different contexts, touch also has a specifically art historical lineage where it is characterised in predominantly pejorative terms. This then raises serious questions concerning the use of touch within contemporary access provision: is touch used in access provision because it is considered to be more basic, easier than seeing? Does touch remain an adjunct to vision, a lesser, substitutive form of seeing? Alternatively, are art historical stereotypes so outdated that they are irrelevant for current museum practice? In which case does access provision show touch to be a qualitatively different route to knowledge? And, if this is not the case, how can we start to construct a model of touch that interlinks with vision without being subsumed by it, where touch concerns thought as well as feeling? ;
Pagination/Size :
1 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Accessibilité ; Cécité ; Culture visuelle ; Education artistique ; Histoire de l'art ; Méthodologie ; Musée ; Muséologie ; Toucher, Le ; Vue ; 1800-2100 ;
Descriptors :
Accessibility ; Art education ; Art history ; Blindness ; Methodology ; Museology ; Museums ; Sight ; Touch ; Visual culture ; 1800-2100 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of visual culture, 2006, 5, 2, Aug
INIST identifier :
24806581 ;
ISSN 1470-4129 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Sage, London
Publisher country :