Exhibition: Tom Pullen – Because I Cannot See

‘Because I Cannot See’ is an exhibition hosted by Miniclick from Falmouth graduate Tom Pullen, that engages people with a sensory experience. Collaborating with product designers and the Cornwall Blind Association, the works include traditional photos alongside 3D tactile versions of the portraits and audio and braille captions.

The exhibition forms a part of Miniclick’s “Another Way of Looking” programme throughout October 2014, alongside Brighton Photo Fringe and Brighton Photo Biennial.

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Thursday Oct 2nd to Thursday Oct 16th (every Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun) at The Miniclick Business Concern at 68MS, Middle Street, Brighton. Free Entry. Scroll to the bottom for full opening hours.

Private View on Thursday Oct 2nd, coinciding with The Exploding Miniclick Inevitable – our psychedelic launch party for the whole month’s programme. Free Entry.

Tom will be discussing the work at an Artists Talk on Monday 6th October at The Miniclick Business Concern at 68MS, Middle Street, Brighton. Free Entry.

This event forms part of our “Another Way of Looking” programme for October, alongside Brighton Photo Fringe / Biennial – click here for all the events in our programme.

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MiniClick/Brighton Photo Fringe images

MiniClick/Brighton Photo Fringe images

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You put my meat at 12 o’clock, 

My vegetables at three. 

You put a fork into my hand, 

Because I cannot see.

With you I manage to play bowls, 

And dancing I feel free.

When on the bus you make me laugh,

Because I cannot see.

Poem by Reuben T Daniel

‘Because I Cannot See’ is an exhibition that engages people with a sensory experience. I collaborated with Sustainable Product Design students, Rob Dooley and Tom Cowell at Falmouth University and the Cornwall Blind Association to produce a photography exhibition that can be fully experienced by the visually impaired. Alongside traditional photographic prints and captions, the exhibition includes 3D tactile portraits created using specialist computer aided design software and a computer controlled milling machine, as well as  audio and braille captions, which served to break down barriers of separation and stigma regarding the blind.

Every year, 1,300 people are diagnosed with sight loss in Cornwall. Cornwall Blind Association (CBA) is the only local charity that exists to improve the lives of visually impaired people in Cornwall, something it has been doing since it was set up over 157 years ago to support miners who were losing their sight due to mining accidents. Now, the Association facilitates clubs ranging from blind bowls to shooting, and dancing to gardening.

I started working with the Cornwall Blind Association in October 2013, documenting the various clubs available to visually impaired people. After a few visits it became clear that photographing the blind felt like a closed system. I began thinking of ways to give something back to the community that was so open and accommodating to me. Rather than explore the unprecedented darkness and depression that sight loss brings, I photographed the positive sides to life, highlighting the help and support that the Cornwall Blind Association offers.

www.tompullen.co.uk

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Opening Hours

PV Thurs 2nd Oct 6pm – 8pm (with party to follow)

Fri 3rd – 12 to 5pm

Sat 4th – 11am to 5pm

Sun 5th – 11am to 5pm

Thurs 9th – 12 to 5pm

Fri 10th – 12 to 5pm

Sat 11th – 11am to 5pm

Sun 12th – 11am to 5pm

Thurs 16th – 12 to 5pm

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The Miniclick Business Concern at 68MS is located in the middle of Brighton, 1 minute from the beach and a ten minute walk to Brighton Train Station. A number of trains run every hour to London (Victoria – 51mins / London Bridge – 56mins / London Blackfriars – 1hr 03mins).

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