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Christophe Monchalin
Muted is a virtual reality experience that poetically tackles the subject of abandonment through childhood memories and sign language.
Christophe Monchalin

Christophe Monchalin is a digital artist and motion designer, based in Brussels. Graduate engineer in computer sciences and robotics (IMERIR / France), he develops his digital work through visual and interactive art. His artistic research explores mainly human feelings and behaviours.

Muted

Muted is a virtual reality experience that poetically tackles the subject of abandonment through childhood memories and sign language.

Sé and Li, two young girls placed in an orphanage. Sé and Li, like sisters. Sé and Li, two syllables as first names. No name for those we do not want, no identity, no existence. Sé and Li remain silent. In order to communicate they invent a sign language, specific to them and the way they live.

Now grown up, Sé and Li tell us fragments of their childhood memories through their language. But suddenly an unexpected poetic universe appears between gestures and signs... It will surely tell us more than words… I want to address the notion of abandonment through the impossibility of the spoken word. I want to make the body speak, to express feelings, emotions and meanings.

On stage two dancers will tell the user a childhood memory in sign language. From their gestures and movement, poetic illustrations and animations (2D & 3D) will appear in space. The whole experience will build a small story, made understandable without words.

Content4All

CONTENT4ALL stands for “Personalised Content Creation for the Deaf Community in a Connected Digital Single Market” and it is a project financed under grant nr. 762021 within the framework program H2020 of the European Commission. In 2001 the Convention of the United Nations prepared an agreement on the rights of persons with disabilities, which was ratified in 2008. Applying this legislation into the domain of TV, for Deaf people spoken TV content must be represented via sign language, whose production costs are very high. Hence, a lot of broadcasters use subtitling as a convenient solution. But for most Deaf people sign language is their mother tongue, written language approaches as a foreign language for them. Therefore, full accessibility of TV content for the Deaf can only be provided via sign-interpretation. The CONTENT4ALL project aims at making video content more accessible for the sign language community by implementing an automatic sign-translation workflow with a photorealistic 3D human avatar. A low-cost solution for personalized sign-interpreted content creation can address both of these problems, leading to greater accessibility to media content for Deaf users. CONTENT4ALL proposes such a solution to the problem in the short-term, which is also commercializable, and proposes innovations to technologies that can lead to automated sign-translation capabilities in long-term.

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Muted
Christophe Monchalin
Muted is a virtual reality experience that poetically tackles the subject of abandonment through childhood memories and sign language.
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The artwork

Muted is a virtual reality experience that poetically tackles the subject of abandonment through childhood memories and sign language.

Sé and Li, two young girls placed in an orphanage. Sé and Li, like sisters. Sé and Li, two syllables as first names. No name for those we do not want, no identity, no existence. Sé and Li remain silent. In order to communicate they invent a sign language, specific to them and the way they live.

Now grown up, Sé and Li tell us fragments of their childhood memories through their language. But suddenly an unexpected poetic universe appears between gestures and signs... It will surely tell us more than words… I want to address the notion of abandonment through the impossibility of the spoken word. I want to make the body speak, to express feelings, emotions and meanings.

On stage two dancers will tell the user a childhood memory in sign language. From their gestures and movement, poetic illustrations and animations (2D & 3D) will appear in space. The whole experience will build a small story, made understandable without words.

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About the artist
Christophe Monchalin

Christophe Monchalin is a digital artist and motion designer, based in Brussels. Graduate engineer in computer sciences and robotics (IMERIR / France), he develops his digital work through visual and interactive art. His artistic research explores mainly human feelings and behaviours.

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Muted

Muted is a virtual reality experience that poetically tackles the subject of abandonment through childhood memories and sign language.

About the residency

CONTENT4ALL stands for “Personalised Content Creation for the Deaf Community in a Connected Digital Single Market” and it is a project financed under grant nr. 762021 within the framework program H2020 of the European Commission. In 2001 the Convention of the United Nations prepared an agreement on the rights of persons with disabilities, which was ratified in 2008. Applying this legislation into the domain of TV, for Deaf people spoken TV content must be represented via sign language, whose production costs are very high. Hence, a lot of broadcasters use subtitling as a convenient solution. But for most Deaf people sign language is their mother tongue, written language approaches as a foreign language for them. Therefore, full accessibility of TV content for the Deaf can only be provided via sign-interpretation. The CONTENT4ALL project aims at making video content more accessible for the sign language community by implementing an automatic sign-translation workflow with a photorealistic 3D human avatar. A low-cost solution for personalized sign-interpreted content creation can address both of these problems, leading to greater accessibility to media content for Deaf users. CONTENT4ALL proposes such a solution to the problem in the short-term, which is also commercializable, and proposes innovations to technologies that can lead to automated sign-translation capabilities in long-term.