Visions of Inclusion

A Bundle of Echoes (video)

Still of video showing a group of people standing on a wet square in Shillong, India.

A video by Mina Paasche.

Video diary from Shillong, India – where you meet three visually impaired protagonists that practice echolocation to navigate using sound and ‘see’ with the use of their ears and hands. The project sees blindness as a mode of being that is different from the visual. Following Diderot’s view that “sight is the most superficial of the senses”, Thomas Tajo believes that blindness allows him to experience and interact with the world much more closely and intimately than the sense of sight might do.
The protagonists conquer a new and unknown wild territory, being the first group of visually impaired hiking through the jungle, crossing the living three root bridges and climbing the famous three huts in Meghalaya. They are wandering both physically and mentally through a wild and rough environment, breaking norms and stigma about how you should behave as a person with sight variations.

Cast: Maria Puenchir, Benister Kharpour, Thomas Tajo, Jones Pointing, Sonia Hage
Film editing, sound design and color by Christopher Logan
Sound editing by Mikkel Konyher
Directed by Mina Paasche
Videographer and Cinematography: Mina Paasche
Other collaborators: Steatornis (NO), OFID – Organization of Inclusive Development (IN) and Vision Inclusive (BE).
Filmed on location: Lady Hydary Park, Laitkor village, and Cathedral Chatolic Church in Shillong and The Living three rot bridges and the three huts in Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India.

Language: English. Presentation dates:

9.-12.09.2020 as part of exhibition ‘The Wild State‘, Ars Electronica Kunst Universitaet Linz, Austria