A screen using a poem in braille is used to introduce invisibility alongside the visible. The poem itself is about women's story telling through quilting and speaks to the necessity of silence. The inevitability of silence in any transfer of information impels the idiosyncratic into the generalities of speech. Using typographic elements the poem will be projected onto the screen.
The inception of this piece began with the idea to work with Braille and to project onto a Braille screen because the project entailed dealing with the necessary but absent silence in any communication process. I first turned to Sandy Sterner’s poem, “Night Work,” that expresses nonverbally the intervals of meaning displayed by the making of a patchwork quilt. The creation of additional electronic sound/images as well as the perforated screen and its Braille legend came next, “Scripta manent, verba volant: What is written remains, what is spoken vanishes into air.” The manipulation and after effects gives visual shape to the words and the sound design as well as creating the perforations onto the screen create a finished quilt, a final project that is both familiar and a surprise.