This wasn’t actually done for artistic reasons, but there was a very interesting theatrical experience in Paris recently. A fictitious trial was performed into total darkness to allow people to understand what it is like to be judged in a courtroom when you are blind – listening to lawyers and judges that you cannot see, having documents discussed that you cannot read, not knowing who is on the jury… and hearing a verdict without being able to see any expressions.
Apparently all of the “spectators” found it very unsettling, and afterwards some blind people talked about their real life experiences in court – for example the fact that the lawyers and the judge tend to talk to the person accompanying the blind person and not to the person himself. And it is not the nicest feeling in the world to be led through a strange courthouse into a courtroom full of people without having any idea how many people are there and why. This was valid both for defendants and plaintiffs.
I suspect that there are countless such situations that it would behoove us to experience in order to begin to understand the difficulties of life for certain people.
In Paris and a few other cities, there are restaurants where one eats in total darkness.
I've heard about the one in Paris, it sounded very interesting although perhaps a little unsettling. I quite think I would like to try it some time though I am not certain I'd want to give up one of my Paris dinners to it.