Art, science and inclusion: multisensory Sciart of immunology for blind, low-vision and diverse-needs audiences

Erica Tandori, Stuart Favilla

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Abstract

Art is a powerful tool for conveying scientific discovery. Despite the perceived gap between art and science, as highlighted by CP Snow and others, examples of art communicating science can be found in the ancient world, the Renaissance and contemporary data visualization, demonstrating an enduring and historic connection. However, much of science relies on visual elements, excluding those with blindness, low vision and diverse needs, resulting in their low representation in STEM discourse. This paper introduces a novel science and art collaboration in the form of an exhibition program exploring the concepts of Immunology and Biomedicine to blind and vision-impaired audiences, capitalizing on the lived experience of a legally blind artist. Employing multisensory design, art and co-creation methodologies, it transcends traditional vision-based science communication, showcasing the potential for multisensory art to bridge the gap at the intersection of science and inclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-320
Number of pages6
JournalImmunology and Cell Biology
Volume102
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2024

Keywords

  • blindness
  • co-creation
  • exhibition
  • multisensory
  • Sciart
  • science communication

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