D/deaf Artists’ Film Commissions:
Captioning on Captioning (2020) and Silence (2020)

16 December, 2020
– 16 March, 2021
LUX Online

LUX is delighted to present two D/deaf Artists’ Film Commissions, Captioning on Captioning (2020) by Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan and Silence (2020) by Nina Thomas.
In Captioning on Captioning Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan, in collaboration with real-time writer Jennifer, unveil invisible labour and care required in speech-to-text translation work and producing access. Nina Thomas’s Silence explores silence, deaf experience, and language drawing on the role of Alexander Graham Bell in oralism.

Online Exhibition:
Captioning on Captioning (2020) by Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan
Silence (2020) by Nina Thomas

Louise Hickman is a disabled deafblind researcher, activist and scholar of communication currently based at London School of Economics and Ada Lovelace Institute in London who will work with New York-based media artist and disability activist Shannon Finnegan. Their film explores the complex human-machine interactions shaped by the production of live text captions, pushing and experimenting with boundaries of coding of spoken speech to explore alt-captions (the experimental medium of captions).
Nina Thomas a visual artist, using the mediums of video, photography, artist publication and site-specific installation. Much of her recent work has focused on her experience of becoming deaf and subsequently seeking to understand deaf histories and experiences. She has exhibited at venues such as Tate Exchange, St. Margaret’s House and HeART in Chatham. She is a founding member and project coordinator at The Film Bunch (a deaf and hard of hearing film organisation) and trustee at Stagetext. Her film explores silence, deaf experience, and language. It includes references to Alexander Graham Bell, and oralism – an approach to education which assumes speech to be superior to sign language and which forces deaf children to lip read and speak rather than sign.
D/deaf Artists’ Film Commissions are part of a new ongoing series exploring access in artists’ moving image, not as an afterthought, but as a creative impetus which does not presume sighted or hearing audiences. The series began in September with an exhibition and events series catalysed by Jenny Brady’s moving image work Receiver which considers how we both speak and listen, and the question of who has the right and capacity to be heard.
This project is supported by Art Fund and On & For Production and Distribution
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On and For Production and Distribution is initiated by Auguste Orts (BE) in collaboration with Kaunas International Film Festival (LT), LUX/LUX Scotland (UK), and Nordland Kunst -og Filmskole (NO). With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
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Supported by Art Fund
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A collage of a face, abstract patterns and letters is projected on a certain and distorted by the contour of drapes.
Silence, Nina Thomas, 2020


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