Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sound and Sign Language Poems

Artist / director: Lolette Smith
Performer: Michaela Smith

Sign Language poems are visual poems in their own right, with their own syntax, morphology and poetic rules. In 'Car on a bumpy road' the 'C' shaped hands become the bouncing car wheels while the body wrestles the bumps on the road. 'A' shaped hands clutch the steering wheel turning this way and that. 'R' shaped hands eventually become the smooth road. Cultural/language barriers can be ignored as the poems inform the viewer of the rich diversity of the visual language of Sign.

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