Brunswick Mechanics Institute
Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 September, 6:45pm
FREE (bookings essential)
Image credit: Chelle Destefano
The Auslan Movement
An interactive performance/exhibition featuring Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Join Deaf artist Chelle Destefano in a conversation while she creates sculptures of wet watercolour paper from the spatial movements of Auslan in real time.
Observe how watercolour sculptural shapes are formed out of signs and conversations.
New sculptures will be added to the wall after each performance. Alongside these sculptures will sit evocative illustrations of her childhood memories of signing and using the Cued Speech language method she spoke with her Deaf school friends (Auslan was not allowed in schools at that time).
About Chelle Desteffano
Cued Speech is now obsolete, but in the early years of Chelle's life at a mainstream primary school of Deaf and hearing students, they were not allowed to sign in Auslan. They had to speak in Cued Speech, an English-form of signing. Chelle learnt Auslan at the age of 15 and has not looked back since! She, along with many members of the Deaf community are passionate about their language, Auslan. Chelle hopes this exhibition gives viewers a new perspective on Auslan and Deaf culture.