Altered perceptions: Using immersive sound and image to depict experiences of blindness
In this PhD project, I propose to develop a virtual reality film with immersive sound and vision depicting the phenomenological experience of living with sight disorder, which involves accentuated attention to the auditory world. Moreover, I will research the effects that visual impairment had on 19th and 20th century painters and how they relied on memories and listening to sounds in the scene to paint, thus using imagination and instinct rather than merely visual observation. The immersive film will transport the audience into an experience of someone transitioning from realism, into a surreal state of imagination driven by memory and sound.
In this research, I propose to gather both symptomatic and phenomenological findings relating to sight impairment and apply these to a creative expression of these deeply human experiences through film, sound art, artwork, and immersive media. It provides the opportunity to: (a) generate new knowledge about the experience of sight loss itself, (b) refine the application of new cinematic and sound design techniques, and (c) share positive stories about how artists’ sight impairment can be seen as a means of sensory enhancement in their creative work.
University of Surrey
Dora Filipovic is an award-winning sound designer based in London with years of experience working on short, feature fiction and documentary films.
She began her professional career back in 2011 (while she was still a BA student at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Serbia) when she started working in a team on numerous and noted feature and short films as a sound editor and sound designer. She has received several awards at national and international film festivals.
In 2021 year she received the Dr Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship from Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation and L-Acoustics company for tuition fees.