Open a Dialogue in the Dark
In our everyday life, we rely very much on our eyes for orientation and to make sense of the world around us. But what if there is nothing to be seen? Dialogue in the Dark allows the visitors to explore an invisible landscape and urban living areas while being safely guided by a blind guide to learn not only about their own abilities, but as well the ones that lie in a life without sight. The visitors explore the unseen, and learn to see in darkness: An idea emerges, composed out of sounds, scents, wind, textures and temperatures and arises inner pictures in the people’s mind. At the same time, this reversal of roles creates a transformative experience that allows a new form of communication about disabilities and inclusion in our society, based on mutual trust and understanding.
Dialogue in the Dark creates meaningful encounters between people with and without disabilities, while allowing the visitors to discover their own strengths and curiosity, fostering empathy and promoting diversity. This unforgetable experience is for all public; individuals and groups of visitors age 8 and older.
How does Dialogue in the Dark work?
Dialogue in the Dark is operated in guided tours. Every 15 minutes, a group up to 8 visitors enters into the dark. The exhibition can welcome a maximum of 4 tours per hour and 256 visitors per day. Thus, a 6-months-exhibition can welcome up to 38.000 visitors (with 6 opening days a week). Are you interested in a shorter duration or a permanent exhibition?
What are the space requirements?
The standard modular exhibition includes 3 different environments (park, city and bar) and requires a minimum of 200 sqm (2200 sqf):
- 160 – 200m² ( 1700 – 2200 sqf):Installation (ideally in an open space)
- 50 to 100m² (540 - 1000 sqf): Lobby and staff rooms
- 50 to 100m² (540 - 1000 sqf): Pre- and post-tour educational activities
We are happy to adapt and extend the exhibition layout to larger and more complex space requirements. Several of our Dialogue in the Dark exhibitions worldwide comprise also wonderful examples of integrating local character and culture into the scenario, ranging from a bobsled ride during the Olympic Winter Games in Italy to a ride on a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok. For these extended scenarios, a space of 300-400m² (3200 – 4400 sqf) is required.
What is your idea? Contact us! We will be happy to explore the opportunities for your location.
How do I become a partner?
Our partners come from a broad spectrum of fields, such as science centres and museums, non-for-profit organisations (i.e. Blind Unions), social enterprises, universities or exhibition promotion. The partnership is based on a social franchise.
What do we offer?
- A modular exhibition layout
- Technical plans and full documentation for the local exhibition production
- Training of blind guides at the exhibition site
- Thorough documentation for all aspects of planning & operations
- Consultation services over the course of the project
- Integration into the international network of Dialogue in the Dark
- Educational resources for teachers & students
What is your part?
- Find a site with all needed requirements to welcome the public
- Secure the funding
- Follow and manage the production of the exhibition
- Recruit all needed team members to operate the exhibition
- Take care of the communication and marketing
- Operate the exhibition
How much does it cost? Contact us to receive an offer!
What is your benefit?
- You will be recognised as a driver for social inclusion in your community
- You will lead a very diverse team and will be able to reach out to influence people (from media to politics)
- You are a living example of a social entrepreneur who acts locally and is connected globally
- You will meet amazing people who dedicated their live to bring Dialogue in the Dark to their cities
- Even as a non-profit, you will have more than profit