Blind Field Shuttle

2010

Non-visual exercise

Produced after a group excursion to the Ape Caves on Mount Saint Helens in 2010, Blind Field Shuttle is a non-visual walking tour for groups of up to 90 people in which participants line up behind the artist, link arms, and agree to shut their eyes for a roughly hour-long walk through cities and rural landscapes. Papalia describes the experience as an opportunity for the participant to unlearn visual primacy and use their non-visual senses as a primary way of knowing the world. The project grew out of the artist’s choice to describe himself as a “non-visual learner” and exists as one in a series of related works that highlights the unseen bodies of knowledge in non-visual space.

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