The sound of silence are a series of videos that document everyday activities, but from a point of view of a deaf person.
I’ve been working on a multi-media thematic series called Isolation, with a series of paintings and audio/visual works. This body of work speaks of the isolation that people with disability experiences. I am mono-aurally deaf: I can hear with the aid of hearing aid in one ear, but I have zero hearing in the other ear.
For “The Sound of Silence” short video series, the idea of isolation is in the video editing process. In order for viewers to understand the isolation we often experience, I isolated the video track, removing the audio completely. The captioning comes from the closed captioning option we have when viewing tv shows and movies, to aid us in following on. For this, I thought, why not use captioning as an aid to the hearing?
This series was made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.