A group of participants from RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) recently completed a Culture Lab engagement programme, exploring issues of identity and culture and how they have affected their lives.
Following site visits and behind the scenes access at the Ulster Museum and Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the group immersed themselves in the themes of Making the Future.
In order to have their voices heard, the group collaborated on a creative art piece that could represent their own stories, memories and ideas of culture, stimulated through an interactive piece playing on tactile and aural senses.
Each individual took part in an audio recording discussing various topics important to them including their journey with sight loss or ideas posed by their visits to museum sites.
With the use of the Fab Lab Facilities in the Nerve Centre, each participant's voice was laser cut into a waveform and arranged with others to form a complex textured piece.
With the use of a circuit board and buttons, an interactive element was added to the piece. At the end of each waveform a button triggers a participant's recording, allowing for a rounded audio visual experience.