Alain Mikli International
tactile interpretations of works of art designed with Alain Mikli International’s technology and patronage
As an eyewear designer, Alain Mikli transforms a medical constraint into a sign of personality. For people with a visual disability for whom glasses are useless, he offers to replace the visual discovery of works of art by an unprecedented tactile experience.
Alain Mikli thus naturally teamed up with the musée du quai Branly that is pursuing its efforts of in-relief rendition of major works of art belonging to its collections, for visually-impaired people. A selection of works representing every continent and technique was the subject of an interpretation aiming to highlight their most notable aspects rendered in various degrees of relief.
Launched during the week dedicated to accessibility that took place between December 3rd and December 12th 2010, these tactile set-ups are located in “la Rivière” on the collections’ stage. It consisted originally of seven artifacts belonging to the museum rendered in bas-relief or in volume, displayed in rotation on five lecterns.
These set-ups come along with descriptive texts in Braille and large print as well as with an audio comment. For each panel, two pairs of headphones provide a narrative and musical content enabling to discover the artifact and to place it in its context, ensuring thus the best accessibility to all, whatever discovery method they elect.
In 2011, Alain Mikli pursues its commitment with the museum. Thus, as part of a skill-based patronage action, he implemented audio-tactile set-ups enabling the discovery of four tactile interpretations of artifacts representing the Maori people as part of the temporary exhibition “MAORI: their treasures have a soul” that took place between October 2nd 2011 and January 22nd 2012. These artifacts were then added to the tactile set-up in “la Rivière” that now counts eleven artifacts.
Now, Alain Mikli and the musée du quai Branly propose as part of the exhibition “At the sources Aboriginal painting – Australia, Tjukurrtjanu”, four tactile interpretations of works representing contemporary Aboriginal art. Each interpretation comes along with an audio set-up and a descriptive text in Braille and large print in order to facilitate the discovery of these works.
Through this patronage action, Alain Mikli reaffirms its commitment: making visual arts accessible to all including to those who are deprived of the sense of sight.