Tuesday, January 30, 2007

in my language

It is not every day I come across a YouTube video and sit back and say 'wow.'

If you haven't seen it yet, take the time to watch silentmiaow's 'In My Language' and be patient. For those of you who can't be botheredto take the time, visit periurban's critique/response to 'In My Language.' But at least get to 3 minutes and 40 seconds or so mark.

For those doubters out there, this is one of the best pieces of web video I have seen in awhile. There is some very impressive use of perspective, sound, rhythm, and repetition that shows a remarkable understanding of what makes video and film powerful. For some, yes it is a bit 'artsy,' but really watch it and work to understand it and I think you will be surprised. I think this is the first time I have been able to experience autism from this perspective.

The use of text and the voice synthesizer are also impressive in the depth and understanding of how these parts of the whole interact and support each other.

The you add the personal and human element of silentmiaow's story and you are blown away by her way of communicating her world to us. I won't even delve into the Taoist aspects of her name alone.

Poignant, insightful and powerful are pale words compared to this piece.

It make me think back to a observation by Alex Webb that "If you see the world from a different persepctive, even a two degree change, it is a whole new world."



Andrew said...


Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I awoke this morning, and watched the piece even before getting out of bed. My life has already been altered, as the entire precept that people with autism are locked into their own world has been shattered.

Hope you don't mind that I've shared the posting with SportsShooter members. I think it's that important.

More later on Zen, Tao, and the implications for journalism.

- Andrew

Quanda said...

Great work.