La Jolla Light
Feb. 11, 2015
Art can be of great value in helping us look at concepts like “difference” and “equality” in new ways. It can even speed the process of our social evolution.
The Calit2 gallery (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) on the UC San Diego campus is one place where they are not afraid to do this and that makes it worthy of our attention. Calit2 is a place that can help us grow. Its curators and artists make our humanity “bigger.”
The latest show at Calit2 is called “LOUD silence.” It’s about sound and hearing and explores the question, “What do deaf people really hear?”
The artists in this show collectively attempt to explode the myth of a silent deaf world. They aim to build a pathway that will help eradicate any prejudice against deaf people and lead to new ways of thinking about sound and silence.
Social scientists Carol Padden and Tom Humphries say people with deafness actually know a lot about sound; it informs and inhabits their world just as much it does the next person.
It’s just that the deaf hear more viscerally — through vibrations and feelings. They may even see sound.