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IF SOMETHING EXISTS IN THE VISIBLE REALM, DOES IT BELONG ONLY TO THE SIGHTED? What does a blind architect do? What can a blind artist create? What perspective would a blind engineer bring to AI? In this discussion with blind artists, thinkers, and makers, we’ll challenge assumptions about what it means to navigate the world as a blind person, and reveal how accessible design is often better design — for everyone. Panelists include Duncan Meerding, Zoe Partington, and Emma Bennison. This discussion is moderated by ABC Radio National’s Natasha Mitchell, and was recorded for broadcast on Big Ideas.

Captured live on stage at the Theatre Royal, as part of Beaker Street Festival 2023.


This video was recorded at Beaker Street Festival, an annual celebration of science and art held in Hobart, Tasmania each August.  It’s a place to share ideas, culture, and excellent Tassie food and drink — bringing warmth, connection and inspiration to lutruwita/Tasmania’s winter. The Festival promises entertainment, education, debate, and community in a participatory atmosphere.