Thursday, May 10, 2012

9 ASL Poems for RIT Root Event

I will perform my 10 poems, all translated into ASL (American Sign Language) along my recorded voice in electronic music software on May 12th at 7 PM for RIT Root, an event for RIT student government, WITR (college radio), NTID Student Congress, and etc. My particular poetry performance is made possible by RIT's OUTspoken, an LGBT student organization. Some of my poems will have only my voice in the software, others will have my original composed electronic music. Some of the music are part of the poems and some are just looped background soundscapes. For example, my science fiction-themed poem titled "Cyborg Drag Queen" have several looped sci. fi. sound effects while my recorded voice speaks the lines. I will translate all of the poems into ASL on stage with dance, body language, facial expressions, mime, and acting. The event will take place outside on RIT campus. 

The 10 poems are:

"Howl" (cover poem by Allen Ginsberg), "Joey", Arthur Rimbaud", "After Breathing Glass", "A Lady In A Blue Dress", "Youthful Queen", "Cyborg Drag Queen", "The Village", and "Night Life".

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Two Videos of ASL Poetry Performances at U of Rochester

Two videos showing my ASL poetry performance along my original composed electronic music are posted on YouTube. I presented my performance for University of Rochester's HeArt of Disorder exhibit and show on May 26th. The first was "An Amazon" which is about domestic violence and it includes a video that I made of a woman's face going through changes from abuse to healing. The second was "The Blues" with only electronic music without video and it's about going through melancholy and getting rid of it. HeArt of Disorder at University of Rochester was an educational event about anxiety, depression, and etc. 

Click on this YouTube site address in order to watch "The Blues":

Click on another YouTube site address to watch "An Amazon":