Critical Mass

Chelle Desteffano, 'The Auslan Movement'

An interactive performance/exhibition featuring Auslan (Australian Sign Language).


Brunswick Mechanics Institute
Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 September, 6:45pm
60 minutes
FREE (bookings essential)

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Wheelchair accessible.

These events will be Auslan interpreted. Interpreters are:

Teale Nicholls and Candace Wellington for 12th Sept, Sarah Field and Candace Wellington for 13th Sept, Candace Wellington and other TBC for 14th Sept.


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.