Challenging the Authority of Sound Adrienne McNair | INLS 690
The microcontroller is a visual representation of sound, a reminder to the reader that sound is present around them as they explore the book. For CK, "Movement is equivalent to sound," so whenever the microcontroller gets moved, it swirls a sequence of rainbow lights. When at rest, the microcontroller shows a visual display of sound levels in the immediate environment. Additionally, when put in the dark, the lights turn off as a representation of the inability to see signed language in the dark.
Colored tabs guide the reader through a book-long blackout poem, uncovering quotes from CK in reference to her practice of making.
There are also hidden, untabbed, meaningful words and phrases scattered throughout the book.
I used charcoal pencil, a prominent medium in CK's work. Just as in her artwork, the charcoal smudged with my touch, highlighting my own movement in the making of the book.