[accessibleimage] Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference

Forwarding the following information from Marie Clapot about the  upcoming 
Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference
I converted the 2 pdf files (conference description and registration form) to 
txt files and included them in this email. (Would recommend to check the 
original registration form at the site since lines may have shifted when 
converting to txt from pdf.)

Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference
Organized by Art Beyond Sight  and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Our fourth biennial conference will take place on October 26-28, 2012 at
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Conference website and links to past conferences and registration
http://artbeyondsightconference.blogspot.com/

Conference Description
The conference addresses inclusive and multisensory learning environments and 
strategies, particularly in relation to the arts and museums. Our discussions 
will focus on experiences that involve sound, touch, movement, drama, olfactory 
and modes of proprioceptive learning. Multimodal learning and creative 
experiences are meaningful to all audiences including people with disabilities 
and people with different learning preferences.
Since 2005 this conference has become a forum for cross-disciplinary creative 
thinking and the exchange of ideas. We will continue to foster dialogue between 
such diverse disciplines as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education, 
museum studies, disability and cultural studies, technology, architecture, 
product design, and media art. Conference participants and organizers aim to 
define a framework for engaging diverse audiences through multimodal 
experiences, and identify new trends and innovation in learning and museum 
practice.
Conference Audience
Museum staff, curators, conservators, art educators, museum educators, artists, 
cognitive researchers, neuroscientists, designers, universal design 
specialists, disability community, accessibility specialists, recreation 
specialists, therapists, multimedia designers.
Key facts

Conference fees: $250 for two days, $175 student admission; no one-day admission
Early Bird deadline: $200/$150
Conference is limited to 195 participants, registration form is online.
 
CONFERENCE PROGRAM

DAY I
10:00 – 10:20 WELCOME

10:20 – 11:50 THINK TANK I
Re-thinking the museum experience: Museum as educational, social, intellectual 
and aesthetic journey.

Discussion Leaders: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Harvard Medical Center and Nina 
Levent, Art Beyond Sight
Speakers:
John Falk, Oregon State University, Author Identity and the Museum Visitor 
Experience.
Martin Troendle, Zepellin University/Mapping-Museum Project, Switzerland
Rachel Herz, Brown University, Author The Scent of Desire: Discovering our 
enigmatic sense of smell.
12:00 to 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30 EXPERIENTIAL SESSIONS AND ARTISTS’ WORKSHOPS
Multimedia and interactive art works. Chair: Isabel Walcott Draves, Leaders in 
Software Art (LISA). Session includes artists Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse 
Louis-Rosenberg of Nervous System; Luke Dubois and Daniel Roizin.

Touchable and edible masterpieces. Chair: Jane Samuels, The British Museum. 
Session includes artists Jennifer Rubell; Emily Baltz
3:00- 4:00 MUSEUM ROUNDTABLES
New media and proprioceptive experiences in the galleries. Chair: Isabel 
Draves, LISA. Session includes Dr. KJ Baysa, physician, contemporary art 
collector, and curator.

Handling and Touch Objects, their role in learning and teaching. Chair:  
Barbara Tversky, Columbia University. Session includes Geerat Vermej, 
University of California, San Diego; Joaneath Spicer, The Walters Art Museum; 
Alan Balicki, New York Historical Society and Rebecca McGinnis, The 
Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Artists Tools and Process and Multi-sensory Learning. Chairs: Francesca 
Rosenberg, The Museum of Modern Art. Session includes Jane Samuels, British 
Museum; Calder Zwicky, The Museum of Modern Art

DAY II
10 – 11:30 THINK TANK II
Re-thinking Art: The layers of the art museum experience and the senses

Discussion Leader: John Kennedy, Toronto University, Author Drawing and the 
Blind.
Speakers:
David Freedberg, Columbia University, Author The Power of Images: Studies in 
the History and Theory of Response.
Olga Hubard, Teachers College
Margaret Livingston, Harvard Medical School, Author Vision and Art: The Biology 
of Seeing.
1:30 – 2:30 EXPERIENTIAL SESSIONS AND ARTISTS’ WORKSHOPS
Olfactory and scent masterpieces. This session will include presentation by 
leading contemporary perfumers.

Sound Art, Music, and the Soundscape of a Museum Experience. Session includes: 
sound artists Stephen Vitiello, Lou Mallozzi and Bruce Odland.
3:00 – 4:00 MUSEUM ROUNDTABLES
Designing multi-sensory exhibition, displays and experiences. Chair: Shannon 
Mattern, School of Media Studies,The New School. Session includes: Jim 
Drobnick, Ontario College of Art & Design; John Weber, Frances Young Tang 
Teaching Museum and Art Gallery; Johannes Goebel, Experimental Media and 
Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

Interpretative Museum Methodology and Sensory Engagement. Chair: Georgia 
Krantz, the Solomon R. Guggenheim. Session includes: Doylene Land, Ellen Noel 
Museum; John Shields, the Walters Art Museum.
4:15 – 5:15 PARTICIPANTS ROUNDTABLE/ CONFERENCE RECAP


DAY III
NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM AND GALLERY TOURS, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND OBSERVATIONS


Registration Form

MULTIMODAL APPROACHES TO LEARNING
International Conference

Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, 2012
Sponsored by
Art Beyond Sight &
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Please complete a copy of this form for each person wishing to attend the 
conference. Please note: REGISTRATION WILL BE UPON PAYMENT and no refunds will 
be made for cancellations. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit cards 
and payments must be made in US dollars. Make check or money order payable to 
Art Education for the Blind. Please do not send cash.


Registration (please print; complete one form for each person attending):

Name: _____________
Affiliation:                          ____________
Street/City/State/Zip Code/Country:____                                         
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E-mail Address:                                                               
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Phone:                 _______                                                  
          Fax:       ______
I need the following access accommodations:                                  
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(If you would like to discuss your access requirements, call 1 (212) 879-5500, 
ext.3561)

Registration fees:
Early-Bird fee  (before June 30, 2012)
$200 ($150 for students/ID required)
After June 30, 2012
$250 ($175 for students/ID required)

Total number of forms enclosed:                                           Total 
amount enclosed:               ____

Send registration form/payment to:                     Address questions to:
Attn: Conference Coordinator                                 
aeb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind     or call
589 Broadway, 3rd Floor                                                         
    Art Beyond Sight at
New York, NY 10012                                                      +1 
(212) 334-8723



Please note: NYC Museums will offer tours for conference participants on 
Sunday, October 28. Registration will be required. More information about these 
tours will be poster on http://artbeyondsightconference.blogspot.com/



Note: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on Fifth Avenue between 80th 
St. and 84th St. in Manhattan. The 4, 5 and 6 subway lines are located nearby. 
A cross-town bus is available on 79th St – handy if you are staying in a hotel 
on the West side of Manhattan. (Fifth Avenue divides Manhattan’s East side from 
the West.) For more information on New York City transportation, go to 
www.mta.info or www.hopstop.com or Google Maps.



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