Archiv für Mai 2013

Gebärdenklang

A few posts back I showed a very tiny preview of the project I did last semester. So here is short description and part of my work. Within the project frame „Hommage to Edweard Muybridge“ I basically stumbled across sign language and its advantages and disadvantages. Obviously sign language was invented because of deafness but it nonetheless has become a very strong and independent means of communication. What most struck me was the ability to visualize sounds. Being deaf doesn‘t mean not hearing anything – its more about the „band of sound frequencies“ that is shortened with deaf people. So of course sign language had to come up with a way to describe sounds as well. Being a fully visual based language the situation or sound is being visualized one-to-one. But sign language also gives the possibility to communicate the intensity of the sound itself. Mimicry and movement is intensified to talk about a louder sound, e.g. … In spoken language we rather describe the sound instead of „imitating“ it.

I had the great chance to work together with two deaf women who helped me realize a set of animation clips that on the one hand show the sign language and on the other hand include the actual sound being communicated.

My favourite clip is the one below featuring Steffi who showed me how the sign language for a bursting balloon is made.

Stockholm


ok, it really is a bit „kitschy“ but it’s actually quite close to reality – it barely got dark and dawn set in at around 3 am


a tourist with a lovely beard enjoying the view towards the city from the Museum of Modern Art


a visit to Stockholm should include a visit of the Vasa museum which hosts the famous war ship that sunk immediately after it had been launched from the docks …

Bamberg, etc.

On our way to Bamberg we took a short break at „Mödlareuth“ – the village that used to be similar to Berlin – divided in east and west and cut by the „Berlin wall“. Today the town hosts a decent museum and an outdoor section of the wall and its watchtowers. At the „Grenzgänger“ (border crosser), the local bar and restaurant, you get this rather strange view of the playground with the watchtower in the back.


… tourists in the „rose garden“ right next to the cathedral of Bamberg


I really didn‘t understand what they‘re trying to sell here („pork steak from salmon“) …


Franconia seems to be all about meat in its local cuisine …

Hochsitz

I suppose uploading some random photos is better than not doing anything … so here are two lovely „hunters stands“ – „Hochsitze“.

There are trees!

Bella Italia

It’s been already a month that we‘ve come back from Italy but I finally managed to upload the photos and see if they‘re any good. So I figured it would be time for yet another post. Since Sabine is in the childrens book business we decided to go to the Bologna Children Book Fair. Unfortunately – as most of you know – the weather was fairly shitty these days so visiting the city wasn‘t really a wonderful activity. The fair itself was nice though. I guess it can be also called the illustrators fair. Along with book companies a big illustration exhibition was basically the „centerpiece“ of the fair.
Even though it wasn‘t the best time with rain and wind, Bologna really seemed like a great city and I‘ll definitely try to get back there someday.


That’s more or less the only photo I took at the fair – not really a great shot but I did like the illustration of the city of Macao.

After Bologna we took the train towards the coast. Well not the coast near Rimini but on the opposite side north of Pisa. The region is fairly famous and even though the weather didn‘t quite change for the next days it was already full of tourists. But the reason is obvious – Cinque Terre is really beautiful. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site the villages along the small coastal stretch are supposedly still in their original state. We had our room in Vernazza and once the rain stopped and the sun came out we walked all across the narrow streets and up the green hills to the next village.


I‘m desperately looking for the sun …


While I was waiting for yet another train that was (about 2 hours) late a huge rainbow appeared on the sky …


… and the next day we really had sun!