Paintings to my ears: A method of studying subjectivity in audio description for art museums

M Olalla Luque, Silvia Soler Gallego


An increasing number of museums are using audio description (AD) to provide access for visually impaired visitors to their collections by means of a wide range of mobile devices and apps. However, research in this field is still limited. The present article proposes a methodological approach that combines interviews and corpus analysis for studying audio-descriptive guides of art museums. More specifically, the proposed methodology focuses on the study of subjectivity, which has become a controversial aspect of AD in the past few years and the focus of a number of studies. The article offers a step-by-step description of the methodology and illustrates it with data from a study carried out by the authors on this type of multimodal communication.


multimodality; accessibility; audio description; art museums; AD for visual art; audio-descriptive guide

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