Carmen Papalia’s M.F.A. project doesn’t look much like art. For “Blind Field Shuttle,” he led his classmates across the Portland State campus in Oregon on an eyes-closed walking tour, single file, each with a hand on the shoulder of the person in front.
For the first half of the 40-minute walk, some nervous participants had panic attacks, or cried. Mr. Papalia talked about what they were passing — a fire hydrant, a brick wall, a fence — and the vulnerability they were feeling.