From a workshop – “Blind Spot” – organized by Reiko Shimuzu, a Japanese artist and a devotee of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, as a part of a year long “5 Million Incidents’ projects at Goethe Institut/Max-Muller Bhavan, Kolkata. This project started with the necessity of organizing art classes for the Blind Boys Academy, Ramakrishna Mission, Narendrapur. The idea generated from the question – “What does visual art mean for a blind person?” which gave rise to creating a space for blind boys and others to explore a creative process together. The project was about openly experiencing a creative process together with the visually impaired and visually unimpaired people.
The workshop sought to provide creative answers to questions like ‘How is it like to not have a visual sense in this visually overloading world that we live in now? What is the visual sense doing to us as individuals? Or as a society? And how about other senses?