We caught up with Bex Freund a while ago. Since featuring her on Talking About Art, she has been a busy bee! Bex had a one-person gallery show in San Francisco and is now a part of the Deaf Artist Residency program in Minnesota on top of working on her comic book for her MFA program. To keep up with her art, subscribe to her tumblr page here.
If you watched Nancy Rourke in our Talking About Art series and wondered what she’s been up to since then, we have exciting news to share! Nancy has published her first book, NANCY ROURKE: Deaf Artist Series, and it will be available for preorder at NAD Conference this summer in Atlanta, GA between July 2 to 5.
Congratulations, Nancy! In celebration of this huge accomplishment, we are sharing a fun questionnaire she did for Convo.
We love the impromptu drawing she did for us, with two people holding hands across a table. The style here is so very much Nancy and it also seems to be a variation of a response to our original Talking About Art challenge to capture a moment of connection. It makes us want to watch the video below again!
The exploitation of sign language that occurred during the honorable Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was offensive to the international Deaf community and made headlines around the world. An app company, Livelens, took advantage of this situation to market their product in a commercial starring Thamsanqa Jantjie, the man known as “Fake Interpreter”. In this commercial, Jantjie is shown gesturing “I speak sign language not”, speaking alone on a podium, and dancing. No captions were provided by Livelens, thus intensifying the insult to the Deaf community by denying us access to what Jantjie was saying in the commercial.
By starring Jantjie in their commercial, Livelens gave this sign language interpreter impostor fame and poked fun at the very incident that outraged the Deaf community, making a mockery of our right to sign language accessibility. The exploitation of sign language is not a gimmick.
Convo joins others in calling for the immediate end of this commercial and for Livelens to issue a public apology to the Deaf community.
Imagine a world where we can create sculptures and artworks that last through time. A world where we can run a business in a booming city and serve gourmet cuisine recognized by international experts. A world where we can design technology for our own community in our own way. A world where we can create our legacy through metal, through wood, through art, through food, and through Convo Mobile.
We’ve made a tradition of playing an April Fool’s joke the pastthreeyears, but this year we decided to go 100% real, because there are so many real stories we want to share instead… You can call it a reverse April Fool’s!
Yes, it’s for real: All the artwork in the commercial were made by Deaf artists!
Sculpture by Douglas Tilden in San Francisco
Wooden stand by Ron Trumble in Mozzeria
Linocut print by David Call in Mozzeria
There are rich stories in the world of Deaf art, and Mozzeria is covered with it. The narrow restaurant features artworks by five Deaf artists, two of whom are in our Talking About Art series, Bex and Nancy!
Yes, it’s for real: Mozzeria is a Deaf-owned restaurant recently recognized by a renowned organization for their authentic Napoletan pizzas!
Mozzeria is a successful restaurant in a busy district of San Francisco. The Deaf-owned and Deaf-run business has received certification from Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, making Mozzeria only the third restaurant in San Francisco and the only Deaf-owned pizzeria in the world with the AVPN seal. Their pies are considered “true Neapolitan pizzas”, and they sure are delicious! Read more about it here.
Yes, it’s for real: The new Convo Mobile app has the Maps feature!
It used to take more than one app and oh-so-many clicks to find a restaurant in a neighborhood and then to call for reservations, but now everything’s in one place. Search for a business in Convo Mobile and simply tap the green call button to connect right there. We are proud to introduce Maps to VRS.
Yes, it’s for real: The entire commercial was shot with an iPhone 5s with an entirely Deaf team!
The technology at our fingertips today is truly amazing. As it continues to advance, we will continue to explore how it can be to our benefit. We shot this entire commercial with an iPhone 5s with an entirely Deaf team. Convo Mobile was also 100% designed by a Deaf team. From making it even easier to connect to others from your phone to bringing you new commercials shot from our phones, technology has changed the way we live. We choose for that change to be for the better.
“Hold on– it’s hard to see you.” is a phrase I have signed one too many times over video calls. But, how many of us realize that lighting can really improve this situation? It is true: bad lighting can completely ruin a video call. While the network connection may be beyond our control, lighting is not. The above vlog covers 5 tips to maximize the experience of your video calls from now on!