Traquitanas Musicais was last presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, on Aug. 14, 1999 .
If restrooms and ATMs can be accessible, why not art installations?
Traquitanas Musicais are electronic musical instruments designed for people with and without disabilities. The idea is to allow anyone, including the disabled, to play, discover sounds and have fun.
Electronic instruments allow for more flexibility in terms of physical
properties, like shape and size, than acoustic instruments do.
This opens the possibility of creating instruments based
solely on human body characteristics, leaving designers with
no reasons not to include persons with disabilities. Traquitanas
Musicais is a project by multimedia artists Eiko
DoEspiritosanto and Rivaldo DoEspiritosanto. Their sculpture-like
instruments are in fact MIDI controllers connected to a microprocessor
and a synthesizer. Since it is impossible to create one single
instrument that works well for everyone, the artists experiment
with different designs, building diverse instruments to meet