Disability Arts Online & Watershed to host BSL-interpreted livestream of Scored in Silence – Documenting Deaf Perspectives event


Disability Arts Online in partnership with Pervasive Media Studio will be hosting a BSL-interpreted and captioned livestream of Chisato Minamimura’s Scored in Silence – Documenting Deaf Perspectives event at Watershed Bristol 27 September 13:00 – 14:00. The livestream will be available on this page.

The event will see Chisato Minamimura discussing ‘Scored in Silence’, her latest digital artwork. ‘Scored in Silence’ mixes sound, vibration and projection to convey the experiences of the deaf hibakusha, survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 – telling the story of what happened to them at the time and in the decades that followed.

Audio-described excerpt Scored in Silence available here:

‘Scored in Silence’ has been developed alongside Jon Armstrong (lighting/projection) who will be joining Chisato at the lunchtime talk, Danny Bright (sound/vibration) and Dave Packer (animation) produced by Sarah Pickthall who will facilitate a Q&A. Online audiences can also join in with the Q&A via the livestream by tweeting using the hashtag #ScoredInSilence or by joining the discussion thread on the Disability Arts Online Facebook Group.

Scored in Silence employs Woojer© vibration straps worn on the body for D/deaf and hearing audience members to feel the haunting soundscape and vibrational composition. The work also employs Bristol-based Holo-Gauze© who worked with Chisato to produce projection material that meshes her sign mime with animation in a new form, part lecture, part performance. Chisato will be showing extracts of the work for a handful of audience members to view with Woojers.

The work has been developed alongside partners VibraFusionLab in Ontario, Canada and was selected for the British Council Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase in August 2019.

“Minamimura’s ability to conjure deft emotional landscape is without peer.” Ian Abbott.

A smaller scale film of the work with 10 Woojers, designed for screening in a range of museum, gallery and cinema spaces will be available from October 2019.

Scored in Silence will tour globally in 2020/21. The work is supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Canada Council and The Great Britain Saskawa Foundation with in kind support from Woojer©.