MT3D (Multilayer Touch 3 Deep)

It is an innovative method of adaptation of visual arts to the needs of blind persons.

Authored by:
Ireneusz Białek, Małgorzata Perdeus-Białek oraz Lech Kolasiński.

The MT3D method is intellectual property of the Managers of the Future MOFFIN Foundation and may be used exclusively once agreed with our organisation.

The MT3D method is a process of adapting a work of art, e.g. a painting or a photograph, to the needs of blind persons and its application requires a solid knowledge of art history as well as years of experience in working with blind persons. The method consists of three important elements:

  • textual description,
  • audio description,
  • physical adaptation of the work of art printed in 3D technology. 

The written description
exhaustively highlights successive elements of the story and the composition of the painting or a photography, points out to its dominant features as well as explains the meaning of the symbols present in the work of art.

The language of the description takes into account the perception of persons blind from birth. The description includes information on the technique in which the work of art was executed and the historical context related to its creation.

The audio description for a work of art is a description interpreted by a professional reader or a native speaker in the language of the description. The reader’s interpretation introduces the listener into the mood of the work. Audio descriptions can sometimes involve music.

Listen to an audio description

The MT3D method offers blind persons a unique opportunity to experience what they could not experience before. That is why you can start cooperation with the Managers of the Future MOFFIN Foundation already now and help develop adaptations of paintings, photographs or other exhibits from your museum or institution of culture. Get involved and send an email to contact@moffin.eu or call +48 511 009 435.

3D-printed physical adaptation 

The template of the graphic to be printed is developed by a visual artist based on the original work of art and its audio description. The template is built on layers, which later  - when the graphic is appreciated by touch - lets blind persons orient themselves easily in the details of the work. Certain elements of the work can be shown on separate illustrations, as necessitated by the complexity of a painting or a photograph and drawing the beholder’s attention to the key aspects of the work.

An example of a physical adaptation - the photo: “A portrait of a girl with a plait”

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