Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Uncategorized |

The Band Leading the Blind

Carmen Papalia, an artist with impaired vision, enlists a high school marching band to help him navigate the streets and sites of Santa Ana, CA in his piece Mobility Device.

This piece and this video are so much better than I expected.

A few notes:

The artist, the band members, and the people they encounter all seem to be getting the same levels of amusement/challenge/learning/fun out of the event. Everyone is engaged as humans with something to offer and receive, rather than bodies to be used or people who need to be helped or provoked.

The slightly awkward band and the extremely awkward assignment are perfect together.

The video itself is refreshing: It presents the project clearly and entertainingly without excess polish or flash.