Lunchtime Talk
Fri 27 Sep 2019 13:00

Scored in Silence - Documenting Deaf Perspectives

Dance Artist & BSL Art Guide Chisato Minamimura joins us for this BSL interpreted lunchtime talk, in association with Disability Arts Online to share 'Scored in Silence' her latest digital artwork.

All photos @MarkPickthal


Chisato Minamimura

Chisato is a deaf dance artist and an art guide who was born in Japan but is now based in London. Having trained at Trinity Laban in London, she went on to secure an MA at Yokohama National University. She also has a BA in Japanese Painting. She has created, promoted, performed and taught dance in over 40 locations across 20 countries, including during her 3 years (2003 – 2006) as a company member of internationally renowned CandoCo Dance Company.

Scored in Silence meshes sound, vibration and projection unpacking the untold tales of deaf hibakusha; survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 - their experiences at the time and thereafter. 

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

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 were introduced to Chisato a few years ago by Pervasive Media Studio) a 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. 

‘Minamimura’s ability to conjure deft emotional landscape is without peer.’

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 has been developed alongside a Brighton based team Jon Armstrong (lighting/projection) who will be joining Chisato at the talk. Danny Bright (sound/vibration) and Dave Packer (animation) produced by Sarah Pickthall who will facilitate a Q&A 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©.

The talk will BSL (British sign language) Interpreted and Live Captioned. If you have any queries regarding access please contact

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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