and/or: text performativity in Ameslan (ASL)

This 40-minutes performative presentation by Jolanta Lapiak took place at the Inspired: Art of ASL Festival at Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin, USA. on September 27, 2008.

Arche-writing -and/or- Arche-speaking

Gesture as in vocalization


This postmodern presentation blends a weave of the performance, work of art, calligraphy, prose, and poetry all in Ameslan or ASL.

This one-of-a-kind presentation challenges conventional thinking about the literary components by undermining the traditional dichotomy and by playing complementarity and ambiguity of the following: presentation and performance, writing and speaking (manually), language and gesture, poetry and prose, looking and reading, literality and metaphor. This work is a Derridean deconstruction of the concepts and meanings of language and literature.

This poetic presentation celebrates a rich potential of how visual-manual language can transform literary components into other dimensional forms, for example, by metamorphosing calligraphy into verbal calligraphy. It enhances the beauty and richness of Ameslan/ASL.

"Word and Image" and "Bond/Bondage"

Also see Liberated from Signoclasm: a performance.

De-hearingization: a live performance art.

Torn and Cut Dictionary: ripping language

These are some ASL lessons, tutorials, and tips that ASL students and language enthusiasts can explore and learn some ASL on their own relaxing pace.

Seeking some challenges? Try some stories, fables, and others in ASL storytelling and poetry. Study a complex system of subtle eye gazes, role-shifting, classifiers, sentence structures, and other linguistic features as well as poetics.