The experience increased my awareness of the scent and sound environments, the unevenness of the ground, and change in wind, sunlight and heat than I would if my eyes were open. But I soon learned to trust the person ahead of me—or at least submit to their lead—and, feeling responsible for the person behind me, I eased into my role in the collective challenge.

Part of the thrill of this work is the suspension of autonomy, submitting to being part of an interdependent organism.

Some have greater needs; others have a greater ability to assist.

There is a delicate dance in this interdependent relation. So many people withdrawal from care because requesting it can be humiliating, debilitating.

Blind Field Shuttle is art in that we are guided into a familiar world through an artist’s unique subjectivity.

Papalia defamiliarizes the routine so that we might better appreciate its nuances and the felt architecture of our senses and sensibilities.

Blind Field Shuttle is a generous gift to the sight privileged.

We learn how ocular-dominance reduces the meanings and pleasures offered by our other senses.

But he also performs, and has us perform, his preferred means of satisfying his needs.

Non-Visual Artist Carmen describes himself as a non-visual learner.

The phrase emphasizes the senses he does employ rather than the one he does not. Papalia is critical of institutions that follow a rehabilitation model, one that has disabled persons strive to pass for ‘normal’ while clearly destined to fall short.