Joel Kern (JKDS)

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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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"We do not need pity..."
Visual & Auditorial Public Installation

Client: Sef-Authored
Collaborators: JKDS
Status: Complete
Year: 2018
Tag: Environmental, Media, Platform

This public installation shows the underlined portion of the above quote set in American Modified Braille. This quote is from 1821 by Louis Braille, he was determined to invent a system of reading and writing that could bridge the gap in communication between the sighted and the blind. The use of American Modified Braille in conjunction with Louis Brailles’ quote lends itself to the contractual nature of the American Modified Braille language, allowing for the same message to be displayed but in a shorter amount of characters.  

The installation is made up of seventeen 36” x 24” panels each representing a character or contraction to spell the words “we do not need pity”.  Each panel has the braille dot structures cut out exposing the underlying texture. This change of texture is meant to emulate the raised texture of braille commonly found embossed in paper at the standard 14pt text weight.

The audio element of this piece acts as a translation from visual to auditorial for those that cannot see the work. The audio translates the meaning and significance of the piece to an additional alternate form.