Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio

Can You Feel What I See?

kyra politt

Towards Radical Translations Of Sign Language Arts.

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

Do we need to become fluent in sign language before we can begin to understand art created by our Deaf communities, or is there another way to appreciate their creative work? In this week's talk Kyra Pollitt will offer a glimpse into the world of sign language arts, and explain why translation may be preventing you from getting it.

Kyra Pollitt is a translator, poet, and artist, with a PhD on the properties of poetry in natural sign languages. Her practice takes art as translation and translation as art. She is interested in radical forms of translation that seek to capture such unspoken properties as the colour, sound and haptic qualities of movement. She is an experienced translator, winning the Inside Arts Poetry Translation Prize in 2012, and delivered the Closing Plenary at International Translation Day, British Library, in 2016. In seeking to explore the poetic intermodal affordances of combining words, signs, marks and movement, Kyra has staged installations involving Signart (BSL poetry) at the Royal West of England Academy (2013), and at Spike Island (2015).

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