Joel Kern (JKDS)

︎ Environmental
︎ Identity
︎ Platform
︎ Media
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This website contains the visual outcomes from the hybrid practice of Joel Kern. These works include in-progress and completed projects from various points in his career. Works included are from his tenure at Krewe, MTWTF, as well as freelance and self-authored works over the past 10 years. 

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See—Sign | See—Saw

Client: Self-authored
Collaborators: Amy Auman
Status: Completed
Year: 2018
Tag: Environmental, Media, Platform

See—Sign | See—Saw is an English to sign language printmaking device. A collaboration with Amy Auman, this printmaking see-saw takes a playground staple and creates a fun, playful, learning experience. It allows the user to learn a printmaking technique while simultaneously being introduced to sign language. See—Sign | See—Saw, acts not only as an open system for communication but also as an open system for learning.

The user inputs the Roman characters into the 3x4 printing grid to set a message. The user then applies pressure to the see-saw resulting in a translation of the Roman text into sign language.  This experiential prototype is meant to create awareness for surrounding deaf communities. Once placed in a community with auditorial disabilities this devices acts as a tool to learn and communicate with other members of the community while spreading awareness of the disabilities present in that community.  See—Sign | See—Saw provides access to free communal learning experiences while strengthening and enriching the community.

Installation date: October, 9th 2018
Location: Downtown Providence, Market Square