‘Notes on Blindness’


A completely essential, masterful dose of award-winning VR, here at the dawn of this new medium which will open your eyes (and ears) to the nature of seeing, and its absence.

This is an insight into what Prof. John Hull went through in the 1980s, when he started losing his sight and began making recordings to help him deal with, and document the process. He passed away in 2015, and this manages to be much more even than the enormous tribute it pays to him and to non-sighted people. For it also shows the empathetic power of VR as a medium for serious art that all viewers and developers of VR should ideally witness and take away with them (for one thing here: the beauty of sound and ‘cognition’).

Be aware that it’s not a fast-paced experience, so you’ll need to make time to get through each chapter (I’d say about 30 mins, it seemed).

This is the second or third time, I’d say, that I’ve been emotionally moved inside VR so far.

Notes on Blindness in the Oculus store.
Produced by Ex Nihilo, Arte France in co-production with Archer’s Mark.

Written April 2018.
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