Date 2016-04-29 3327 Clicks
There are so many privileges that become easily overlooked because we a born with them. Gifts such as sight, hearing: walking or talking, are all sensations that many people are born without. How would you explain sound to someone who has never heard before? Four graduating students have taken it upon themselves to create a new method of “listening” that would allow the hearing impaired to “sense” sounds visually.
Students of Tamkang University’s Department of Information and Communication: Guan-yu Chen, Xuan-ting Zhang, Ding-yi Chen and Fan-xiu Lin make up the graduation team “Awakening” and have been working on a project that would allow people to see sounds since Oct. of last year. Team captain, Fan-xiu Lin, expressed, “We’ve been working with the teachers and students of the Taipei School of the Hearing Impaired for this activity. We have been interacting with the students while using different media platforms to better understand how they would imagine sounds visually and brought a variety of instruments and tools to assist us.”
Initially, Awakening discovered that many of the students were unwilling to participate in certain activities so they had to be very patient in their communication. The group used MV and Line to illustrate sign language while explaining song lyrics and asking the feelings of participants at particular points. Finding that often times sign language moved too quickly to capture the intended feeling, they used pop up visuals during the video in order to enhance the visual effects. Fan-xiu Lin expressed that the project was very rewarding and it was an honor to make new friends. The encounter was filmed and made into a documentary that was later displayed at the Electronic Stream Graduation Gallery.
Director of the Department of Information and Communication, Chien-yu Sun, expressed, “The graduation activity display was held from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29 and was themed Electronic Stream. We wanted to encourage students to use innovative forms of broadcasting and media regarding every aspect of life in order to express new ideas and concepts.”