bruno munari’s tactile workshops

photo from the tactile workshops, bruno munari

Italian designer, Bruno Munari educates us through the sense of touch in his book, the tactile workshops. His enthusiastic subjects that take part in these workshops are children. Munari’s observations provoke thought on the sense of touch and the impact of diverting the visual focus and refocusing on the tactile.

This prompts several questions: What occurs in the mind when one comes in physical contact with an object without the use of their vision? There may be a heightened awareness through the other senses, but what more? Is this an exercise (and expansion) for the imagination? Is more of an impression made when one can interact with the object without the handicap of sight? And, can this potentially lead to a greater investment in the object (content/experience)?

The visual language Munari uses to convey the information in the book is very carefully handled. Rectangles of transparent color highlight areas that require special attention. A strip of blue may highlight materials on a table, a pink circle calls attention to the way a space is navigated, a strip of red calls attention to a young boy’s face, deep in concentration, as he guides his hand over a tactile board. SG

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  • In “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge, MD, there is discussion and evidence that areas of the brain besides the visual cortex are wired to “see space”. The path of least resistance uses eyes to see space, but when people are blind folded in experiments, within two days their brains rewire so that the same parts of the brain that light up for sighted people light up for blinded ones using other input sensory.

    A long-winded way of me saying that neuroscience is discovering that the five senses on the outside are not so distinctly separated on the inside.

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