October 24th – Cambridge Arts Picture House
38-39 St Andrew’s Street, CB2 3AR
October 25-30 – Espresso Library
210 East Road, CB1 1BG
An experimental film that explores and separates language into multiple sensory, neuroscience and linguistic perspectives of sign, speech and gesture. Layered animation and interviews with scientists work alongside insightful interviews and poetry from deaf and blind contributors.
Sign language (a visual language) has the capacity to render meaning in a nonlinear or simultaneous manner. This is distinguished from spoken language, which is linear (one word at a time). We hope to exploit the “language” of film to represent these concepts in a similarly simultaneous way, for instance by showing a person using sign language juxtaposed with spoken and written text.
Direction and Concept
Craig Pearson – Julio Chenchen Song – Toby Smith
Camera, Sound and Edit
Zhimo Xu – “Leaving Cambridge”
Sign poetry and iconic sign by
Nadia Nadarajah – interpreted by Ali Gordon
Dr. Matt Davis
Louise Stern – voiced by Helsa Borinstein
Dr. Víctor Acedo-Matellán
Rachel Kolb – Alexa Montgomery – Deepa Shastri
‘Cambridge Shorts’ gives researchers the opportunity to collaborate with film-makers and produce creative, accessible and engaging films.
The project was coordinated by the University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team and supported by Wellcome Trust ISSF.