By Heather Weston
London, England: Heather Weston, 2005. Edition of 150.
1.5 x 3.75” flip book. Offset lithography. Paper covers with nickel binding screws. Laid in black paper box. Colophon information printed in interior of box.
Explores the experience of lip reading. The book aims to challenge the hearing person's perceptions and assumptions about how we construct our verbal and visual world and how we make sense of the information available to us. It employs the naturally silent and yet verbal domain, as well as the variable pace that the reader can impose on the read, via the pace of the flick. The statement on the verso alludes to the idea that articulating words (in essence, turning the page more slowly) can aid in understanding (akin to a normal strategy of talking more loudly to a deaf person). The statement of the speaker is not revealed within the book, leaving a doubt in the reader's mind over whether they have understood as much as can be understood, reflecting the inexact science of lip reading. The actual spoken statement is this: "How would you cope with the volume turned off?"