The workbook ArtInAD is a result of a two-year artistic research project on artistically integrated audio description that Max Greyson conducted between January 2019 and December 2020 at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, in collaboration with the research group CREATIE, the Un-Label ensemble, Flemish Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VeBeS) and with the highly valued support of promoter Katharina Smets and co-supervisors Ine Vanoeveren and Nina Reviers.
Max Greysons’ research project ArtInAD is a search for methods and tools to enable a more integrated accessibility in collaboration with the target group by approaching AD in an artistic way and taking it into the writing and creation process. Moreover, the project realized output within the art education of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, so that the idea of accessibility and creative AD can hopefully positively influence the new generation of contemporary artists.
The workbook is a chronicle of two years of trial and error, with working methods, tools and exercises. It is a collection of self-developed methodologies, inspired by the work of performing artists and theater makers Max Greyson met over the past three years, such as Claire Cunningham, Jo Bannon, Wagner Moreira, Jess Curtis, Amelia Cavallo, Saïd Gharbi and many others. The focus is on practice and it provides a starting point for artists, teachers, students and audio describers who want to research, create or implement an integrated form of AD in their own artistic practice.
Quote Jo Bannon: ‘ It is really great to read such a practical and transparent approach to AD, which really tries to explore and demystify the varying methods, questions and approaches to its creation.’