‘Flamenco Sign’, move closer to an inclusive Flamenco

‘Flamenco Sign’, move closer to an inclusive Flamenco

Flamenco is a heritage of mankind. It belongs to all of us regardless our sensory or physical abilities. Do accessible your Flamenco encounter and you will turn it into a ramp for social inclusion and a new source of inspiration for all, public and artists.

 

‘Flamenco Sign’. Glossary of Flamenco for sign language

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Flamenco Sign is the glossary for the International System of Signs (SSI). Singing (cante) playing (toque) dancing (baile) and Ciutat Flamenco Festival. They  are 4 new signs that did not exist before which are necessary to explain what is the essence of Flamenco and  the relevance of their festivals.

Avanti Studio Studio adapts ‘Flamenco Sign’ to any festival/encounter anywhere in the world as an inclusive tool of creation and transmission of Flamenco; by designing new flamenco sings, organizing the ‘Flamenco Sign’ workshop or presenting the project for lectures or talks.

 

The workshop “Flamenco Sign”. Introduction to Flamenco through sign language

flamenco workshop ©Maud Sophie Andrieux
flamenco workshop ©Maud Sophie Andrieux

 

For an hour, and with “Flamenco Sign” as a vehicle, a guest artist displays his/her personal view of this universal art. The attendance learn the main stages of this art through various theoretical and practical proposals. What are the “palos” and what are the different dynamics of a Flamenco performance.

The workshop is inclusive, incorporating creatively the interpretation in sign language, subtitling live “Flamenco Sign”, the new glossary for sign language.

 

flamenco workshop ©avantiavanti
flamenco workshop ©avantiavanti
flamenco workshop ©Maud Sophie Andrieux
flamenco workshop ©Maud Sophie Andrieux

 

‘Flamenco Sign’ in Ciutat Flamenco 2014

1. Creative campaign inspired by sign language

In the case of Ciutat Flamenco the main objective was to bring Flamenco to new audiences, show the creative possibilities of the resources and the accessibility codes and make the Flamenco a framework for creativity and a meeting point for people with diverse physical and sensory abilities.

The campaign has always played with its parallel interpretation and the surprise factor. Images of “Flamenco Sign” clearly convey to all kind of audience the essence of the festival and Flamenco. At the same time, it also takes on a new sense by discovering its meaning in sign languages.

Ciutat Flamenco sign
Ciutat Flamenco sign
Toque Sign
Toque Sign (playing)
 Cante Sign
Cante Sign (singing)
Baile sign
Baile sign (dancing)

 

2. Actions and resources for accesible communication

Most people with diverse sensory skills get information on the activities taking place in their cities from organizations or groups representing them. Avanti-Avanti Studio worked with the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities in Barcelona to inform all groups with hearing disability about the festival program, and its new accesibility resources, by sending them information materials adapted to their needs.

The presentation videos, prior to festival performances, were subtitled and “Festival Sign” was incorporated.
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The program of the first day included a public service with an interpreter of sign language. The performance of Eva Yerbabuena, same day, also featured a brief introduction to the show, during Flamenco inclusive workshop, with subtitles live and interpretation in sign language.

3. ‘Flamenco Sign’ workshop. Festivals as spaces for participation

To meet all the needs of people with disabilities is an approach to inclusion, but to turn a festival into a space of inclusion requires a step further. It is necessary to open a space where people with various sensory and physical abilities work with a common goal and learn from each other.

 

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Credits
‘Flamenco Sign’

Avanti Studio Studio has developed the new signs in collaboration with Chema Criado of Aptent (accessibility experts) Juan Carlos Lérida (artist and choreographer) and Conjunto Vacío (video).

‘Flamenco Sign’ workshop

Direction: Juan Carlos Lérida (juancarloslerida.com) and Alex Dobaño (es.linkedin.com/in/alexdobano)
Idea and production: Avanti-Avanti Studio

Guest artist fot Ciutat flamenco 2014 edition: Juan Carlos Lérida, ideologist, choreographer and organizer of the different cycles of Empirical Flamenco in Ciutat Flamenco Festival.
Collaboration: Mercat de les Flors, Taller de Músics, Instituto Municipal de Personas con Discapacidad, Aptent, Conjunto Vacío and Subtil


‘Signo flamenco’, acércate al flamenco inclusivo

‘Signo flamenco’ acércate al flamenco más inclusivo

El Flamenco es patrimonio de la humanidad, y pertenece a todas las personas sean cuales sean sus capacidades sensoriales o físicas. Haz accesible un encuentro de flamenco y lo convertirás en una rampa de inclusión social y una nueva fuente de inspiración para todos, para público y artistas.

 

Incorpora ‘Signo Flamenco’. El glosario del flamenco para la lengua de signos

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‘Signo Flamenco’ es el glosario flamenco para el Sistema de Signos Internacional (SSI). Cante, Toque, Baile (flamenco), Ciutat Flamenco Festival … son signos que no existían y que resultan imprescindibles para explicar qué es el flamenco y la relevancia de sus festivales.
Avanti Studio Studio adapta ‘Signo Flamenco’ a cualquier festival del mundo como herramienta inclusiva de creación y transmisión del Flamenco; diseñando nuevos signos, organizando el Taller de ‘Signo Flamenco’ o exponiendo el proyecto en presentaciones y conferencias.

 

Taller ‘Signo flamenco’. Introducción al flamenco a través de la lengua de signos

imagenes_taller de flamenco
imágenes_taller de flamenco ©Maud Sophie Andrieux

Durante 1 hora y con ‘signo flamenco´ como vehículo, un artista invitado expone su visión personal sobre este arte universal. A través de propuestas teóricas y prácticas los asistentes aprenden los principales compases, que son los palos y cuáles son las diferentes dinámicas de un espectáculo de flamenco.
El taller es de carácter inclusivo e incorpora de manera creativa la interpretación en lengua de signos, la subtitulación en directo y ‘signo flamenco´, el nuevo glosario para la lengua de signos.

ciutatflamenco_imagenes_taller
imágenes_taller de flamenco ©avantiavanti
imagenes_taller de flamenco
imágenes_taller de flamenco ©Maud Sophie Andrieux

 

‘Signo Flamenco’ en el festival Ciutat Flamenco 2014

1. Campaña creativa inspirada por la lengua de signos

En el caso de Ciutat Flamenco, los objetivos principales eran acercar el flamenco a nuevos públicos, explorar las posibilidades creativas de ‘Signo Flamenco‘ como recurso de accesibilidad y hacer del flamenco un marco para la creación y encuentro entre personas con diversidad de habilidades sensoriales y físicas.
La campaña ha jugado siempre con su interpretación paralela y el factor sorpresa. Las imágenes de signo flamenco transmiten a todos los públicos, de manera clara, la esencia del festival y el flamenco, pero al mismo tiempo cobran un nuevo sentido al descubrir su significado en la lengua de signos.

Signo Flamenco Ciutat Flamenco
Signo Flamenco Ciutat Flamenco
Signo Flamenco Toque
Signo Flamenco Toque
Signo Flamenco Cante
Signo Flamenco Cante
Signo Flamenco Baile
Signo Flamenco Baile
2. Acciones y recursos para la comunicación accessible

La mayoría de personas con diversidad de habilidades sensoriales se informan de las actividades de su ciudad a través de las entidades o colectivos que les representan. Avanti Studio colaboró con el Institut Municipal de Persones amb Discapacitat de Barcelona, para comunicar a todos los colectivos de personas sordas, la programación del festival y sus nuevos recursos de accesibilidad, enviando material informativo adaptado a sus necesidades.
Los vídeos de presentación y previos a las actuaciones del festival se subtitularon e incorporaron ‘Signo flamenco’.
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La programación del primer día contó con un servicio de atención al público por parte de un intérprete de la lengua de signos. La actuación de Eva Yerbabuena del mismo día contó también con una breve introducción al espectáculo, durante el taller inclusivo de flamenco, con servicio de subtitulado en directo e interpretación en lengua de signos.

Actividad accesible para personas sordas

3. Taller ‘Signo Flamenco’, los festivales como espacios de participación

Atender las todas las necesidades de las personas con alguna discapacidad, es un acercamiento a la inclusión, pero convertir un festival en un espacio de inclusión requiere un paso más. Es necesario abrir espacios donde personas con diversidad de habilidades sensoriales y físicas trabajen con un objetivo en común y aprendan las unas de las otras. En el caso de Ciutat Flamenco, el taller de introduccción al Flamenco con Juan Carlos Lérida ha abierto ese espacio, un lugar donde el Flamenco es la excusa para conectar con nuestro cuerpo y los que nos rodean.

 

 

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Créditos
‘Signo Flamenco’

Avanti Studio ha desarrollado los nuevos signos con la colaboración de Chema Criado de Aptent (expertos en accesibilidad), Juan Carlos Lérida (artista y coreógrafo) y Conjunto Vacío (vídeo).

Taller ‘Signo Flamenco’

Dirección: Juan Carlos Lérida (juancarloslerida.com) y Alex Dobaño (es.linkedin.com/in/alexdobano)
Idea y producción: Avanti-Avanti Studio

Artista invitado en Ciutat Flamenco 2014: Juan Carlos Lérida, ideólogo, coreógrafo y comisario de los diferentes ciclos de Flamenco Empírico (juancarloslerida.com)
Colaboraron: Mercat de les Flors, Taller de Músics, Instituto Municipal de Personas con Discapacidad, Aptent, Conjunto Vacío y Subtil

Taller accesible de introducción al flamenco con Juan Carlos Lérida

Taller accesible de introducción al flamenco con Juan Carlos Lérida

El próximo jueves 22, a las 20.00h, en el Mercat de les Flors y en el marco del Ciutat Flamenco 2014, te invitamos a participar en un taller inclusivo de introducción al Flamenco de la mano de Juan Carlos Lérida. La entrada es libre.

Foto de Juan Carlos Lérida
Foto: ©juancarloslerida.com

Juan Carlos Lérida, ideólogo y comisario de los diferentes ciclos de Flamenco Empírico, explicará con el gesto y la palabra su visión más vanguardista del flamenco. El taller tiene como objetivo explicar las bases de este arte universal a todos los públicos, atendiendo también a las personas con discapacidad auditiva. Con este objetivo Avanti-Avanti Studio ha creado, con la ayuda del mismo artista y de Aptent, Signo Flamenco, el nuevo glosario para la lengua de signos, que se utilizará por primera vez en este taller.

Actividad accesible para personas sordas

El taller contará con un servicio de interpretación en lengua de signos y estará subtitulado en directo, tendrá lugar el próximo jueves 22 en el Mercat de les Flors, a las 20.00h en la Sala Sebastià Gasch, el acceso es gratuito, pero las plazas son limitadas.

Participan: Juan Carlos Lérida (juancarloslerida.com) y Alex Dobaño (avanti–avanti.com)
Idea y producción: Avanti-Avanti Studio
Colabora: Instituto Municipal de Personas con Discapacidad, Aptent, Conjunto Vacío y Subtil

Más información sobre Signo Flamenco en este enlace.

Ciutat Flamenco 2014. Inspirados por la lengua de signos

 

El Ciutat Flamenco 2014 presentó este año una novedad respecto a las anteriores ediciones. El festival quería llegar a todos, y, por este motivo, la cita de este año queríamos que fuera accesible también para el público con discapacidad auditiva.

Avanti-Avanti Studio junto con el Taller de Músics y el Mercat de les Flors colaboramos para hacer un festival más inclusivo y accesible. El objectivo es que este colectivo pudiera disfrutar de una de las expresiones artísticas más identificativas de nuestra cultura: el Flamenco. Una expresión artística en que, como en la lengua de signos, las manos son protagonistas indiscutibles.

Partiendo de esta base, se incorporaron diferentes medidas que permitieran a las personas con discapacidad auditiva disfrutar de parte de la programación del Festival y de los vídeos de presentación previos que también se subtitularon.

 

La lengua de signos incorpora el Flamenco

Para hacer la comunicación accesible e inclusiva, desde Avanti Studio creamos Signo Flamenco, un glosario de nuevos signos específicos relativos al vocabulario del Flamenco, que no existían a la lengua de signos y que formaran parte de la Campaña de comunicación del Festival.

Signo Flamenco son signos imprescindibles para entender el Flamenco y también la esencia del festival: Ciutat Flamenco, cante, toque y baile (flamenco).

Avanti Studio desarrolló los nuevos signos con la colaboración de Aptent (expertos en accesibilidad), Conjunto Vacío y el artista Juan Carlos Lérida.

Os compartimos aquí unas imágenes de la sesión de fotos previa al lanzamiento de campaña que hicimos con Andrés y Olvido de Conjunto Vacío, Laura de Aptent y Óscar de Ago2.

 

    ciutat-flamenco_sesión fotos_signo flamenco
ciutat-flamenco_sesión fotos_signo flamenco

 

Imagen de las manos de Carmen Amaya durante el proceso de diseño
Imagen de las manos de Carmen Amaya durante el proceso de diseño

 

La imagen de la campaña con los 4 signos del glosario Signo Flamenco:

Signo Flamenco Baile
Signo Flamenco Baile
Signo Flamenco Ciutat Flamenco
Signo Flamenco Ciutat Flamenco
Signo Flamenco Cante
Signo Flamenco Cante
Signo Flamenco Toque
Signo Flamenco Toque

 

Mille Milliards de Fourmis, the height of inclusive museum practice

Mille Milliards de Fourmis,  the height of inclusive museum practice

During our stay in Paris for the Design for All Foundation Award Ceremony, we visited some museums looking for inspirational projects. In particular, we were looking for examples of accessible museum practice which provide a creative, innovative response to the diverse requirements stemming from the different characteristics (sensory, physical and cognitive) of different visitors. Rather than looking for accessibility resources as such, we wanted to discover an inclusive museum experience, and finally, thanks to Marcus Weisen, an international cultural accessibility expert, we found it at the Palais de la découverte.

MILLE MILLIARDS DE FOURMIS
(A billion ants)
Palais de la découverte
From 15 October 2013 to 24 August 2014

The ideal balance between originality and full accessibility

 

[Photo caption:] One of the accessible installations in the exhibition
This descriptive text below is the only mention of the inclusive nature of the exhibition. We found it in the online communication material as part of the information about exhibition services available for visitors.

“The exhibition has been designed taking into account the diversity of all potential visitors in order to ensure that the environment is accessible. The audiovisuals have been created according to the principles of universal design and provide a summary of the thematic areas of the exhibition. The exhibition is aimed at all kinds of visitor, including people with a hearing impairment, partially sighted or blind visitors and people with learning difficulties. All texts are written in large text and in Braille. Models and elements in relief help visitors understand the how ants organise themselves and the details of their morphology. Guided tours in French Sign Language are also available.”

Why do we quote this text here? Because, having discovered this fantastic exhibition, we feel that they haven’t given enough space to its inclusive nature in the publicity materials and that this doesn’t do it justice. We think that one of the strengths which could have been highlighted is, precisely, the full accessibility of the exhibition; in fact, we feel that this exhibition could be considered an international benchmark in terms of museum theory and practice today. One of the mainstays of Mille Milliards de Fourmis is the originality and the dedication which with accessibility has been approached.

The focus of the exhibition is in fact not on the ants; rather, it is on the visitors. It is evident that user-centred design has been implemented holistically throughout, in all the different components of the exhibition; texts, circulation, spaces and museum resources have clearly all been developed from the outset with visitors in mind, whatever their characteristics (sensory, cognitive, physical or cultural) may be.

Elements which support accessibility are perceived simply as museum resources which enrich the visiting experience, inviting visitors to touch, to listen, to perceive the space in a new way. The models and 3D tactile reproductions, resources which are usually reserved for visually impaired people, here provide an ideal way for visitors to get closer to creatures as tiny as ants.

What, in particular, surprised us most?

1. A highly accessible virtual guide. The virtual guide who accompanies visitors on different screens communicates in French Sign Language, and the video’s different options allow you to customise the content, both in terms of the spoken language and subtitles. You can find the link to the video at the entrance of the exhibition’s entrance on the exhibition website.

Imagen del intérprete (LSF) en el video

[Photo caption:] The virtual guide

2.The exhibition material, both written texts and multimedia elements, is concise and easy to understand.

3.The visual exploration area it’s perfect for children and wheelchairs users.

4.Unusually, screens, buttons, tables and models are located under 120cm from floor level. It was a surprise at the beginning, but we got used to it without strain and we realised how comfortable it would be for children, who make up the main visiting public at the Palais de la decouverte.

Imagen de uno de los audiovisuales donde se aprecia la accesibilidad de las pantallas de la muestra.
[Photo caption:]  An example of the height of one screen
5.The execution of the 3D models, made out of bronze and resin, which make the exhibition worth visiting for the opportunity to touch these spectacular pieces of art alone.

6.Not too much multimedia content; instead, lots of experimentation with different materials.

7.Lots of seats and a general feeling of comfort.

8.Appropriate tour pace and duration.

9.Open spaces without background scenery. It is evident that the majority of the budget has been allocated to the exhibits rather than to the fittings of the exhibition.

 

Multisensory installations

In the second part of the post we focus on the multisensory installations we found in the exhibition.

[Photo caption:] Multisensory exhibit explaining the anatomy of ants’ eyes and sight

So what are multisensory installations?

Multisensory installations are units which combine tactile, visual and audio elements in different ways. The combination of these elements creates an ideal means of promoting understanding of the nature of these insects, which is much more effective than using only one. This concept is widely developed in ‘Mille Milliards de Fourmis’, and we think this is where most of the exhibition’s interest lies.

Before discussing these installations, we’d like to highlight the incredible execution of the 3D models, sculptures in metal and resin which provide further proof that, in the museum sector, innovation can be found outside of information and communication technology (ICT). The exhibition is worth visiting for the opportunity to touch these genuine works of art alone.

On to the multisensory installations…

Multisensory installation 1

1.1 Vivariums with magnifying lenses

Vivariums with magnifying lenses
[Photo caption:] Vivariums with magnifying lenses
An impressive network of connected display cabinets shows life inside an ant’s nest, with all the labour of gathering and producing food, etc. which is undertaken by ants. Huge magnifying lenses allow what is going on inside to be observed clearly.

1.2 Tactile-visual exploration board

[Photo caption:] Detail of one of the labels
This 3D model in resin reproduces part of the nest. It features Braille labels and tactile-visual markers on the abdomens of then reproductions. The text encourages visitors to play in order to find out the different tasks carried out by each insect and the importance of its position on the board.

Multisensory installation 2

3D tactile models: Sculpture used as an enlargement model

[Photo caption:] Multisensory installation of the growth cycle
[Photo caption:] Detail of larvas
At this table you can see and touch ants at every stage of incubation and growth. The installation has a well placed cabinet, but as the tiny size of the larvas makes observation difficult by sight alone, a solution has been found by using metal and resin sculptures as an aid.

Multisensory installation 3

3.1 3D tactile models and magnifying glasses

[Photo caption:] Multisensory exhibit explaining the anatomy of ants’ eyes and sight
By combining tactile models in wood and metal and a series of magnifying glasses, this exhibit promotes the connection between the “how” and “why” of the various ways in which different types of ants see. The magnifying glasses are made with different lenses, and looking through them provides an approximation of the particular kind of vision provided by different eyes.

3.2 2D tactile-visual model

[Photo caption:] Model showing ants’ field of vision
On the opposite side you find this ingenious solution to the problem of explaining ants’ field of vision to all visitors including blind and partially sighted people. This model resembles traditional toy theatres, using a trick of different planes, printing techniques and reliefs to bring visitors closer to the vision of the landscape as perceived by ants.

Multisensory installation 4

3D interactive models

3d interactive models
[Photo caption:] 3d interactive models
This exhibit plays with the element of surprise: by putting your hand on the wooden models and pressing the button … pow! stings and clouds of gas shoot out from the huge abdomens. This allows visitors to learn which methods different ants use to attack and defend themselves, feeling them directly against the palms of their hands. In the video below you can hear the sound of the different mechanisms in action.

We conclude this article in the hope that we might be able to see this exhibition one day in Barcelona, and that it might be an inspiration for all fans of inclusive museum practice, as it has been for the Avanti Studio team. If you’re heading to Paris in the next few months, you can see the exhibition at the Palais de la découverte until 24 August 2014.

We especially thanks to Madeleine Gray who helped us with the English translation and Marcus Weisen, who recommend us to visit this exhibition.

Avanti Studio workshops and talks on accessible and inclusive museums

From time to time we hold talks and workshops on accessible and inclusive museum theory and practice, an introduction to design for all and accessible wayfinding/signage. You can find out about upcoming events by following us on Twitter @avantiavanti o requesting further information by email.