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Whales in Motion: A Musical and Sculptural Experience for the Blind and Visually Impaired

24 April @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

In our project entitled “Whales in Motion”, blind and visually-impaired adults interact with specially-designed sculptures demonstrating specific Humpback and North Atlantic Right whale foraging, swimming, and diving behaviors. As the participant’s hand traverses the sculpture, a musician performs live, playing music that mimics the exact speed, contour, and motions as perceived by the participant’s hand. Essential features have been added to both sculpture and music which portray fluke strokes, physical contact with the ocean floor, body orientation, bubble bursts, swimming direction, and lob-tail strikes. Participants will also make their own sculptures using our Animal Motion Path Maker and, together with the musician, perform their own whale behavior “compositions”.
In commemoration of Massachusetts Right Whale Day on April 24th, we have partnered with Boston’s Museum of Science to hold a special one-day exhibit for blind and visually-impaired children and adults to interact with the 3-d sculptures accompanied by live performing musicians, and to learn about these magnificent whales from NOAA research ecologist, Dr. David Wiley. The event is being provided free of charge and all participants will also have free access to all museum exhibits that day. 
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Boston Museum of Science
Museum Of Science Driveway
Boston, MA 02114 United States
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