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Making digital art accessible for the visually-impaired


Digital Art for visually-impaired

I often forgot that there are people who are not be able to see or experience what I produce visually. Through In Transit it helps me rethink about how would I make my creation more accessible and inclusive.

I did some simple googling on what are other efforts were put to make art more accessible. There is a lot of mediums that the physical art work is trying to implement or at least practice it to make it more accessible but what about digital art? Looking through a flat screen do not give you the touch sense which limits the experience.

From my research I found a few organization/collectives are trying to make digital art more inclusive like The Alt Museum . It is great looking at the movement to make digital art more accessible especially with the uptrend of Crypto Art and NFT ( Non Fungible Token ). I hope it will not stop and I would like to see how can I contribute into this movement.

From a short one to one session with Celina, she share more about how can we do this and I decided to try it out myself. I have never ever turn on the Accessibility function on my iPhone and for the first time ever I would want to experience what a visually-impaired person would feel looking/hearing at my work on Instagram.

Here is the demo on screen reader function on Instagram about my previous post on Visual Experimentation on Braille Code:


Abdul Shakir

Abdul Shakir (also known as ‘Grasshopper’) is a multidisciplinary multimedia artist and one of the co-founders of Filamen, which focuses on projection mapping, light installation and interactive installation projects. Shakir has worked in post-production and production agencies, and has done various projects related to design and art: graphic design, motion graphics, projection mapping and interactive installation. His projects have gone beyond Malaysia and reached an international level, displaying his works in China, Hong Kong, Spain, and the USA. Some of the notable platforms in which he has shown his work are LAMPU Festival, Urbanscapes Art Festival, Rainforest in the City, and George Town Festival.