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This is a manual made to be distributed to Danish cultural institutions (theaters, museums and concert halls). It is the final product of a master's tesis in experience economy, produced in the winter 2011/2012 by me and a fellow student.
The manual contains information about the project and its results and is meant as a tool for inspiration on how to create a more holistic framing of the experiences the institution offers. In the manual we provide concrete examples on how to activate the different senses in various types of cultural institutions and illustrate this with best practice examples.
Our hope is that by using the manual the cultural institutions will begin to think differently about the meaning of senses and incorporate them on a much higher level. Being able to touch, smell, taste and feel things related to the experience will not only create more intense and accessible experiences for the blind and visually impaired but will provide a more memorable experience for everybody visiting the institution.
The manual is a first small step towards including the blind and visually impaired part of the population in cultural experiences. However, there are several issues that need to be solved before the inclusion is complete. Interviews with 8 blind and visually impaired persons have showed us that information about cultural events very often does not reach the blind and visually impaired in time. Furthermore there are physical barriers that make it difficult for them to reach or enter the institution such as not being allowed to bring their guide dog. These issues deserve our attention for without a solution to these prosaic challenges optimizing the mental accessibility through sensation makes little sense.