Notes on Blindess

The Festival of Curiosity

[blockquote_right] Sat 22 Jul | 6pm | Main Space [/blockquote_right]

In the early 1980s, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull lost his sight. To help him make sense of the ensuing upheaval in his life, he began to keep an audio diary.

Across three years, he created over 16 hours of material; these recordings would form a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Based on these original recordings and his published diaries ‘Touching the Rock’, Notes on Blindness recreates Hull’s fascinating and deeply moving experiences through an immersive hybrid of documentary, dramatic reconstruction and highly sensory cinematic techniques and sound design.

Sensitive, poetic and thought-provoking, the film charts Hull’s journey through emotional turmoil and spiritual crisis to a renewed perception of the world and the discovery of ‘a world beyond sight’. Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work – both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness (VR Experience) After the screening of the documentary the award winning VR experience that accompanies the film will be available as part of our Late Night Block Party upstairs in Smock Alley.

The film screening is free but admission to the our Late Night Block Party is ticketed. Details to be announced. Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness allows audiences to access John Hull’s world of blindness in an exploratory, user-led experience. The VR piece draws upon John’s sensory meditations of blindness, in particular the awakening of his appreciation of ‘acoustic space’. Guided by narration from his original audio diaries, the experience uses binaural sound tethered to real-time 3D visualisation, to map environments built up through multi-layered patterns of sound.


Duration: 120min

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