Dialogue in the Dark™ is a sensory journey set in total darkness. It’s an incredible experience where you step out of your comfort zone and take on the challenges of a bustling, simulated Melbourne in the dark.
How do you navigate a journey through Melbourne in peak-hour, in pitch black? Get ready to find out, as you step into the shoes of a person with low vision or blindness.
Presented in partnership with Guide Dogs Australia—Australia’s most trusted charity brand—Dialogue in the Dark™ is an immersive experience designed to push your senses and problem-solving skills to the limit.
Everyday experiences take on a whole new meaning as you move through a simulated Melbourne, guided by a person with low vision.
You’ll learn to:
- Draw on your senses to make sense of the world
- Smell, hear, and feel your way through daily tasks and situations
- Use common skills for orientation, security and mobility
Over the course of an hour, you'll discover...
How to find your bearings and move in complete darkness
How to identify the world through a variety of senses
How to communicate and collaborate with other people, without visual cues
How you respond to the challenges of Melbourne in the dark
The history of Dialogue in the Dark™
Dialogue in the Dark™ was founded by Andreas Heinecke in 1988, after an experience that completely changed his perspective on low vision and blindness.
While working at a radio station in his native Germany, Andreas was asked to participate in some workplace training for a young journalist who recently lost his eyesight in a car accident.
Andreas had no previous experience with low vision or blindness. Like many people in his position, Andreas’ first reaction was one of sympathy; he wondered how a life without eyesight could be lived wholly.
Although Andreas was providing the training, he was the one who soon began to learn.
While interacting with his new colleague, Andreas began to see that low vision or blindness is not something to consider a disability. Rather, it’s simply a context that creates a range of other abilities. Andreas promptly shifted from sympathy to empathy; he developed a greater understanding of a fellow person’s experience in life.
Dialogue in the Dark Melbourne is open now, and is brought to you by Guide Dogs Australia, and our partners: