"Sign Language" is a videopoem constructed entirely from images of graffiti around the city of Vancouver. The rhythm of the work is created by the synchronized editing of the images with the soundtrack. The music I selected for the work, entitled "You Haunt Me", was composed and performed by saxophonist John Lurie for the group/album Lounge Lizards in 1981. Unlike most of my work, I appropriated the complete soundtrack of this flawless melody. It should be considered an anthem for this particular form of a videopoem, the poetic treatment of graffiti.
A pure example of "found poetry", this videopoem gives voice to the faceless underground of Vancouver's east side, bearing witness to their outrage and pain, their uncompromising and sometimes anarchic vision of the absurdity in our lives, all with a measured touch of humor to remind us that the family of man – no matter how far outcast we may be – includes each and every one of us.