Exhibition—Online

16 December 2020 - LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, London


D/deaf Artists’ Film Commissions: Captioning on Captioning (2020) and Silence (2020)


We’re delighted to be able to support an online exhibition of two new works in partnership with LUX, co-commissioned by Art Fund.

The two new moving image works, ‘Captioning on Captioning’ (2020) by Louise Hickman and Shannon Flannegan, and ’Silence’ (2020) by Nina Thomas, are the latest instalment of an ongoing series delivered by LUX, D/deaf Artists’ Film Commissions, which began last September with events and an exhibition of ‘Receiver’ by Jenny Brady and explores the possibilities of Deaf artists’ cinema.

Free, online, no booking required.

Online exhibition: D/deaf Artists’ Film Commissions: Captioning on Captioning (2020) and Silence (2020) is available here from 16 Dec 2020- 16 March 2021.


Louise Hickman is a disabled deafblind researcher, activist and scholar of communication currently based at London School of Economics and Ada Lovelace Institute in London who will work with New York-based media artist and disability activist Shannon Finnegan. Their film explores the complex human-machine interactions shaped by the production of live text captions, pushing and experimenting with boundaries of coding of spoken speech to explore alt-captions (the experimental medium of captions).

Nina Thomas a visual artist, using the mediums of video, photography, artist publication and site-specific installation. Much of her recent work has focused on her experience of becoming deaf and subsequently seeking to understand deaf histories and experiences. She has exhibited at venues such as Tate Exchange, St. Margaret’s House and HeART in Chatham. She is a founding member and project coordinator at The Film Bunch (a deaf and hard of hearing film organisation) and trustee at Stagetext. Her film explores silence, deaf experience, and language. It includes references to Alexander Graham Bell, and oralism – an approach to education which assumes speech to be superior to sign language and which forces deaf children to lip read and speak rather than sign.

On & For Production and Distribution is initiated by Auguste Orts (BE) in collaboration with Kaunas International Film Festival (LT), LUX/LUX Scotland (UK), and Nordland Kunst -og Filmskole (NO). With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Image: still from Silence (2020) by Nina Thomas, courtesy the artist/LUX