How to Lose Sight
In a house in the heart of Parramatta, the world is not as you see it.
Within the walls of a heritage listed house, are the living and breathing contemporary stories of the blind, based on interviews conducted at Vision Australia by Artistic Director Michal Imielski. Inspired by the practical, everyday implications of living without sight, a team of artists are developing this original performance experience on site. Over four weeks they will explore the limitations and the freedoms of living without sight and ask the question, “What would the world be like if we were all blind?”
In a world driven by visual cultures and ever developing technology, Shh invites you to be a fly on the wall to ponder blind reality – life and living, love and lovemaking – in this unique and intimate event.
In 30 minute intervals, small audiences will be taken on a tour of each of the three rooms of the house – revealing a different aspect of blind existence.
Using cutting edge technologies for the blind including water stoppers, special recorders, braille markers provided by Humanware, the practical aspect of living is re-thought and re-examined.
What if you never saw your lover? How would that change your relationship? How would that transform the way you feel about them?
How would you read a letter?
What would be important to you?
What would you do if you were confronted with the reality of never being able to see again?
Directed by: Michal Imielski
Designer: Lucy Wang
Music composition: Michal Imielski
Movement advisor: Cloe Fournier
Cast & Co devisors:
Barton Williams, Cloe Fournier, Julia Landrey, Odile Leclezio, Gideon Payten-Griffiths, Peter Maple, Pollyanna Nowicki and Shauntelle Benjamin