Do You Hear What I Hear? 

A Digital Soundscape: Exploring Deafness 

Do You Hear What I Hear? A Digital Soundscape Installation : Exploring Deafness

When people hear the word "disability", they generally tend to think of someone in a wheelchair. Deafness and being hard of hearing is invisible, and because of this, we suffer an often times painful disconnect from our own community. We feel a social isolation that is not understood by the general, hearing, public. 

For every Deaf or Hard of Hearing person, there is a distinctive audiogram. We will use these individual audiograms to digitally manipulate a soundscape; be it a song playing on the radio, friends talking to one another, children playing in the park, a film, birds singing, work-space sounds, the aural acoustics of a party.  The installation is interactive in that the general public can approach each standing photo replica of a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person, put on a pair of headphones, and experience a bit of what that specific person does every day.  The general public is then able to experience, in a small way, how each person experiences the world of sound and Deafness. 

Created by Taos artist Allegra Sleep, Do You Hear What I Hear? is an interactive visual and sound installation that will help to educate the general public to the large scope of Deafness. "I hate to use that term here the words 'hearing loss', but it does encompass the audiological range that we are working with" says Sleep. Photographer & media guru GaK Stonn, who owns Taos Print & Photography is a digital editor; Juanita Witkop, and  Bill Curry are the portrait photographers for the project. 

The Pollination Project has already pledged a Seed Grant toward our project, and we will be getting press soon in The Huffington Post! Let's keep the ball rolling! Get involved!  Please consider donating to our GoFundMe campaign

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