Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 4, No. 1 (2007)

The waving torch draws unbelievable pictures

Rhian Hinkley, UoM
Tessa Dwyer, UoM

Abstract

This article is like a self-titled album. Its heading is also the name of its subject: an interactive digital drawing tool I have been developing over the last eighteen months.1 The point of the project was to enable people of all abilities to access technology and develop new modes of creative expression through this engagement. In fact, early development of the tool involved the input of the Back to Back Theatre, an organisation comprising an ensemble of actors “perceived to have a disability.”2 The concept behind the tool was to create a means of using computers that didn’t require a keyboard, drawing tablet,3 touch pad or similar interface—that didn’t, in fact, require the mastering of any additional apparatus whatsoever other than a stick or wand—that most primitive and ubiquitous of all tools.

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