Smart Canes

IMAGINE & RE-IMAGINE THE NOTIONS OF ‘NORMALITY’ AND SPECULATE TECHNO-TALES TO MAKE SPACES ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE UNIVERSALLY.
Self Initiated Project, November 2017, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology

MESSY CONTEXT: lack of co-existence of different sections of people and the impoverishing sensory experiences

70 million people of India’s population are disabled people who are unable to read printed materials due to some form of disability, physical, cognitive or any other. However, seldom do find ourselves come across a differently abled person in our daily routines. We have certain notions of ‘normality’ in our society, usage of canes opposes one such notions of normality and labels one to be blind and lesser abled. Being lesser abled affects the confidence with which one can go out into a space majorly inhabited by other people along with the non-accessibility of spaces in our environment.

Can our encounters with the world and each other be inclusive and smoothened by the application of technology?
Can we co-exist as opposed to existing in clusters like how it is today?

Here the cane is the prop intended to help us challenge the notion of ‘normal’ and beliefs of our society embodied in material culture. The props of speculative design are to trigger and help us construct in our minds a world shaped by different ideals, values and beliefs, better or worse that we can reflect on.

My idea is a critique to our mentality towards the perceived idea of ‘normal’. Can we hold a cane and still appear to be ‘normal’?