David Bobier’s creative practice encompasses mediums such as public commission, electroacoustic, performance, interactive installation, vibrotactile, olfactory and whatever modality that serves his purpose. In 2014 he established VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario to provide access to inclusive technologies for supporting greater accessibility in the arts and to explore broader applications of the sensory interpretation and emotionality of sound and vibration in arts practice. VibraFusionLab has gained a reputation as a leader in the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in Canada and internationally. His own artistic practice and his work with VibraFusionLab has received funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Grand NCE and British Council Canada. Bobier is also involved in ongoing research of the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in the United Kingdom and the United States. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 16 solo exhibitions and over 30 group exhibitions.
This work is part of a continuous study into gesture, hand shapes, sign language as methods of non-verbal communication. The language of the ‘hand’ goes back to pre-history, becomes oratorial signifiers in the Roman era and for the Deaf over the ages becomes their cultural language. The use of the familiar ‘V for Victory’ and the American Sign Language representing both ‘v’ and the number ‘2’ overlapping the letters of the English language alphabet represents an urgent call for communication in all its forms to commit to equality, social justice, humanity and peace in a world of crisis. ‘can’t we just work together on this?’
Can we just work together on this?
pyrograph on paper