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Art beyond Sight in Museum Audio Description: An Analysis of Audio Descriptions at MoMA, Tate, and MMCA

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2023, 24(2), pp.9-37
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2023.24.2.001
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : May 17, 2023
  • Accepted : June 22, 2023
  • Published : June 30, 2023

Miseon Yoon 1

1동국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article explores the relationship between source and target text in museum audio description, along with its guidelines, and the nature of audio narration. The audio descriptions of Picasso’s works at MoMA, Tate, and MMCA are analyzed, revealing the following findings: MoMA’s audio description of “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907) effectively provides an objective and neutral description. Tate’s audio description of “Three Dancers” (1925) includes notable elements of audio narration, delving into character portrayal and addressing the “why” aspect. MMCA’s audio description of “Goat’s Head” (1952) and “Jacqueline with the Easel” (1956) incorporates the script specifically designed for the non-blind, highlighting the potential for combining audio guides and audio descriptions. This article is significant in its exploration of diverse possibilities in museum audio description and the potential for subjective audio narration for visual arts.

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