shapereader

ECHO CHAMBER is the production company behind the Shapereader exhibitions and workshops. Shapereader is a system for tactile storytelling, built on a repertoire of tactile ideograms that was initially designed for blind and partially sighted readers/makers of comics. Through its tactile comics Shapereader promotes an embodied, non-retinal graphic experience and establishes tactility and the embodied mind as active conduits for synthesizing elements of storytelling. Shapereader is a transdisciplinary project with an international outreach, unique in the history of comics, engaging with a variety of different operators situated in diverse fields of expertise and contexts: From the comics industry and contemporary art museums, to literary festivals, disability fairs and community work, now Shapereader is also the object of Ilan Manouach’s doctoral dissertation at the Media Lab of the Aalto University in Helsinki.