The way we perceive what surrounds us is for me the basis of any adventure and all creation. Intuition and listening are key factors.
To stimulate them and prompt innovation, reverse assumptions, here are some rules that I endeavor to follow:
- To observe, question and analyze events that others do not question or have perception of.
- Separating yourself from your surroundings (physical appearances, environment…)
- Let go (in that to ignore «What would people think of it?»)
So my blindness becomes an opportunity and a testing ground, including where it is least expected. Here are three examples:
Mimes show: my feedback on «End of line» (with Jean-Claude Cotillard, Alan Boone and Zazie Delem)
Abstract from my comments and recommandations to the actors and director of this play:
Very quickly we can feel the fineness of the gestural and staging, the quality of the acting.
The few words dropped during the play reinforce every time with relevance the comical or absurd never excessive situations lived by this old couple.
The appearances of the third character (Alan Boone) are divine.
Regarding the sound, the coorectness of the musical atmosphere is perfectly complemented by the people’s laughter.
Of course to avoid the height of irony (a mime show seen by a blind person) I need some comments (role perfectly played by my wife Corinne).
Regarding accessories and staging, I thought at the beginning that there was a connected drawer under the table as the two protagonists could draw each from one’s side.
You can easily imagine that each one wants to draw it on his side (an additional way of jostling).
Our daughter: a case study?
Tablet computer must be used at primary school?
Is a disabled father a disadvantage for the education of a child?
Two supposed unrelated questions. And yet here is something to feed specialists:
Since our daughter is 4 years, she likes to write some words on my cellphone by listening the digital voice repeating each letter and each word typed (an accessibility functionnality available in every smartphone as «Voice over» for the Iphone).
A playful and indirect way for her to learn to read and write in my presence.
Shortly after her five years, we offered her three Montessori apps for ten euros and she likes to count, write and read.
By now she is rather interested in manual activities and that’s fine too.
In any case at five years and half, with a moderate use of the screen (20min per day) and with our presence (proximity more exactly) she can count up to 1000 and writes more and more words.
Not gifted. Just an example to me that digital tools seem to be a funny way to learn and able to keep repeating the same things. A learning experience initiated and reinforced here by accessibility.
Feature films: increased rendering and complementarity with the eyes of a director
I wrote and co-write some screenplays of feature fims.
Blindness, an asset in the representation and appreciation of a script and the acting. A paradoxical point of view?
Not truly… The intuitions and listening are enhanced promoting special attention with a reinforced sensitivity for astute fine details where the performance of the actor is not normally questioned. Increasing the rendering somehow and complementarily with the eyes of a director.
«The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.» (Churchill)