Deaf Artist Shows Connection Between Sign Language and Music

See how one deaf artist opens the world’s ears to her relationship with sound.

Visual artist Christine Sun Kim is a deaf person living in a world of sound. In this video, she walks us through her experience of a world made for the hearing, and invites us into the culture of ASL (American Sign Language).

Through her work as a painter and musician, Christine illustrates the profound connection between music and sign language, and urges us to rethink the ways that we view “social currency” as something specifically for the hearing. With sound as her new medium, Christine remarkably discovered how ASL could become a piece of visual music.

Take a look:

Just as you don’t have to be hearing to learn music, Christine shows that you don’t have to be deaf to learn and appreciate the rich world of ASL.