INFRA_lines: Artistic and Inclusive Exhibition: A Collaborative Project

By Eva Jove.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Recent statistics have shown an increase in the number of disabled people around the world. Despite this trend, reality has shown that public and private exhibitions do not take into account the needs of the disabled. It is uncommon to find such events fully adapted without accomodating for a diverse audience. One important characteristic of the INFRA_lines project is to be fully accessible for the able and disabled alike, making this a truly universal exhibition. Keeping a tight and low budget, the curator used contacts with scientists within different research centers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) to help create the show. We developed new uses and applications to be used for the first time concerning artistic and heritage material: 3D reproduction, accessible audiovisual, braille materials, audio descriptions, special stations for the deaf, adapted signalization, etc. There was also a great effort toward the diffusion of the activity and the social transfer of the exhibit material. Finally, interviews about perception, satisfaction and expertise were used to evaluate the reception and the overall impact of the material. The essential message of the “INFRA_lines” exhibit was the possiblity of making inclusive, bidimensional artistic paintings for anyone willing to use view them.

Keywords: Visitors, Accessibility, Disability, Inclusion, Curators, Technology

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 437.399KB).

Eva Jove

Research Office Staff, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (staff) and Universitat de Girona (PhD Student) - (Catalonia, Spain), Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain

Eva Jove was the curator of the INFRA_lines exhibition. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Heritage at the University of Girona (www.udg.es). The subject of her thesis is the social impact of the museums. She earned a degree in Art History and a Masters in Analysis and Management of Artistic Heritage, with her thesis being a comparative study of the audiences at two local, archaeological museums. She did research trainings about visitors at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum of Madrid in Spain and at The National Museum of Copenhagen Nationalmuseet in Denmark. She received two Erasmus PAS scholarships to go to universities in Milan and Luxemburg. Jove published three articles about art nouveau outside Barcelona and developed an app for smartphones about an archaeological site concerning a Roman villa. She is interested in Greek pottery, digging and subaquatic archaeology, participating in different campaigns relating to Iberian culture, Medieval sites and an ancient Roman harbor. Jove was a member of the IV Editorial Board of the national journal La Vanguardia and writes a blog about cultural and heritage subjects.

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