A Swedish art project

Art has a unique ability of reaching the inner self of us. The art project Kännbart explores the experiences of art and communication without hearing or vision. Vision represents 80% of our senses. Hearing represents 10 - 15%. How can we work with art when these two senses are not included? Kännbart explores expressions together with people with deafblindness.

The target group of the exhibition is individuals with deafblindness, people with vision and hearing impairment. At the same time it is an opportunity for anyone to meet art with new senses, anyone who is interested in experiencing art in a new way.

Six contemporary artists will create six new unique art pieces. The art pieces for this project will be addressed to a spectra of senses normally not in focus at the art scene. This exhibition gives us a new form of communication and understanding of emotions through art. The art is produced with new techniques and materials exclusively for
Kännbart. Every artist is focused on new dimensions for the experience of art; experiences without vision or hearing, the scent of art, the thought of art, the air of art and a new awareness of art. All artists work in close contact with or in collaborations with people with deafblindness to really find these new paths that have not been walked before. The Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar) provides knowledge of new possibilities in materials and techniques to new art forms and expressions.

Kännbart is a platform for communication and meetings between individuals and art. It is also a project of accessibility and democracy. Art is one of the primary foundations for creativity and insights when it comes to: what it is to be a human being? Every society needs all of us to contribute to the shared knowledge and art is a prominent factor in understanding ourselves and the world. Therefore, the group of people with deafblindness is our leading reference and people with deafblindness are represented in both the operational project group and the steering committee.

Demonstration of the exhibition will be in Swedish sign language and spoken Swedish. Some of the demonstrators, hosts and guides at the museums will be people with deafblindness, deafness and people with visual impairment. Children from preschools and schools will be specially invited with guides that will key to a younger group which gives the children opportunity to explore and create their own art.

During the exhibition there will be seminaries, lectures and courses in related subjects held by people with deafblindness. Who will mediate and spread knowledge about deafblindness via adult education to the society, which is the main objective of The ABF of Sweden (ABF).

Kännbart opens in Örebro, November 2015. During 2016 and 2017 Kännbart will visit twelve different locations in Sweden.

The head of the art project
Kännbart is The ABF of Örebro district (ABF Örebro län) in collaboration with the Association of the Swedish Deafblind (FSDB) and Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutsställningar). Funds for the project are provided by the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Arvsfonden).

*Kännbart means Touchable in english