VISLAN: Visual Translation Language
with Geoffrey Munck (Brisbane) and Phebe Parisia (Melbourne)
February 2014 – ongoing
Vislan is informed by the lived experience of people with low vision and blindness. The goal of this project is to increase cultural inclusion for people remote from full visual experiences.
First devised by Geoffrey Munck in 2011, Vislan seeks ways to more effectively discern, acquire and communicate visual syntax — the measurable characteristics in visual objects and events. After Din met Geoffrey in Brisbane in 2014, the pair began developing the Vislan system by using combinations of literary methods and remediation to facilitate visual translation. In 2015, Melbourne-based artist and material conservator Phebe Parisia joined the team, allowing further improvements to the methodology.
The Vislan iC2 Pilot was developed with support from City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program, and presented in October 2015 at Performing Mobilities, an international assembly curated by Mick Douglas for PSi#21 Fluid States: Performances of Unknowing.
Din also completed his MFA masters thesis 'Bridging the Unseen in Art Writing' at the University of Melbourne in 2017. The thesis covered the conceptualisation, development and delivery of the pilot translation system and received a positive examination.
Vislan is now developing a learning methodology that will be compatible with adaptive technology for multiple users and environments.
Visit the Vislan website.