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See through the sound

See through the sound

Dr.-Ing. Volker Koch


cand. arch. Elisa Sánchez Ramos
cand. arch. Borja González Goas

Das Projekt erweitert die in Haptic Art umgesetzten Versuche zur Vermittlung von Gemälden und Graphiken für Blinde. Es nutzt dabei die Anwendung makey-makey und produziert individuell angefertigte Leiterplatinen zu akustischen Unterstützung von Sehgeschädigten.

See through the sound

A proposal: to go on with a project that approached to the blind people the paintings of Neo Rauch. Adding to this task the Makey Makey, we should bring even closer to this sector the art.

This product, the Makey Makey, is a mainboard that connects ordinary objects (capable of conducting electric current) and the computer through alligators and an USB port without installation. Touching that ordinary object the computer will think that you are touching a key on your computer.

Our response was to use the sound to make blind people understand pieces of art. In this case we worked with an example of architecture (our field) and also with a painting. We´ll connect the Makey Makey to a mainboard made by ourselves that will generate the sounds we have looked for.

With the painting Golconde, of Magritte, our goal was to show the perspective in art; the sound produced by the men who are closer will sound louder than the sound generated by the men who are situated farther. Also was important for us to display the intentions of the Belgian painter in this picture; different men wearing the same clothes add to the closed curtains and windows transmit isolation, individualism and look as if it was a critic to the globalization.

The Barcelona Pavilion, of Mies van der Rohe, was used to show an architecture drawing thanks to the different sounds that are generated when you walk through it. Inside or outside spaces, the carpet or the water of the ponds, even the steps on the stairs could describe how the spaces are.

To make the mainboard, we printed in the right paper the drawings in black and white. Setting in black the areas that should sound and separating the areas with different sounds with white thin lines. During 3minutes is exposed to a light treatment that will engrave on the mainboard the black areas of the paper printed. After this process, the mainboard must be bathed in 0.5L of water mixed with 100g of Natriumpersulfat.