Caption-Less Abstraction, Another Statement..
“Caption-Less Abstraction, Another Statement..” is new looping video art work by Ryan Seslow.
The piece is a visual statement, expression and commentary on the continued lack of accessibility and inclusion that Deaf and Hard of Hearing people experience. Often invited and summoned to attend online meetings, seminars, talks and discussions via platforms like Zoom, only to once again discover that basic accessibility and inclusion in the form of closed captioning is not enabled or provided.. What do you think that these meeting experiences looks like for a person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing? How do you think the experience feels for a person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
This piece is WHAT it Looks Like. Want to know HOW it FEELS? Great, now watch the looping video for 20-30 minutes straight.
Let me know how you FEEL after in the comments section below, or post your response to me on twitter.
This art-work is about awareness, there is a story below..
“Caption-less Abstraction, Another Statement..” 2021, Looping Animated Video
This piece is also based on a recent experience where the “Host” of an online event invited me to participate in a group discussion via zoom. There we over 50 people in attendance.. I told the host in advance that I was Deaf and would require (and greatly appreciate) the enabling of the real-time closed captioning feature during the talk. I never got a response. I joined the meeting anyway and immediately noticed that captions were not available. I sent the host a DM, no response.. In American Sign Language I proceeded to sign “NO ACCESS” over a few times and then left.. Are you this host? Are you?
“Caption-less Abstraction, Another Statement..” 2021, A still-frame from the pre-animation processing of the video (click the image to enlarge to full size)
This piece will soon be added to my current exhibition: “Waking Accessibility Awareness”