sign language media artist art, poetry, calligraphy, storytelling, performance, sign language


and/or: text performativity in Ameslan (ASL)

This one-of-a-kind presentation challenges conventional thinking about the literary components by undermining the traditional dichotomy and by playing complementarity and ambiguity of the following: presentation and performance, writing and speaking (manually), language and gesture, poetry and prose, looking and reading, literality and metaphor. This work is a Derridean deconstruction of the concepts and meanings of language and literature.

This postmodern presentation blends a weave of the performance, work of art, calligraphy, prose, and poetry all in Ameslan or ASL.

Jolanta Lapiak
35-40 minutes performative presentation
Inspired: Art of ASL Festival
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA.
September 27, 2008

This poetic presentation celebrates a rich potential of how visual-manual language can transform literary components into other dimensional forms, for example, by metamorphosing calligraphy into verbal calligraphy. It enhances the beauty and richness of Ameslan.