A woman signs the verb to fast
in American Sign Language, by putting her thumb and index finger together and zipping her mouth, which resembles the action of
closing one’s mouth to be silent.
The speed of the action was slowed down, allowing the sign’s meaning might possibly change.
Through a static close-up of a
female figure and her submerged lips filmed beneath the water surface, a nonverbal autobiographical story unfolds. A few sentences of the dialogue with an elderly person are conveyed through two-handed manual alphabet, which was
also used before as a means of communication in social situations
of desirable silence or enforced muteness. The blanks in the text emphasize omitted words as parts that are literally missing or lacking in communication. The exact order
of the unwritten words reveals
a way in which more productive communication could develop. The hidden meaning of the text itself refers to the position of the
individual and his mute voice in modern society. Traditional manual narration integrated into silent video temporally brings closer the ways of communication, and in this way problematizes the frequent questions of merits and liabilities of modern communication.