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1m Short, Deaf and Disabled 2021

Deafuturama is a silent, animated short which explores communications for Deaf people into the future.

‘Where there is power, there is resistance.’ Michel Foucault.

Communication is power. How are Deaf people taking their power in the fast growing communications world?

Calling texting and camera phones old hat, Deafuturama is what the New Normal may look like and what it may offer. ‘Digital spaces are showing us how Deaf people access arts professionally,’ Film-maker Elvin Lam says. ‘Social media has connected Deaf artists and Deaf communities regardless of where we are in the world.’

Making inclusive technologies applicable to everyday life is the demand, and active resistance, as in disrupt, defy, develop, and gather in rebellion is the program. Susan Gabel says, ‘Resistance functions as a way for disabled people to push against dominance while also attempting to pull society into disabled peoples’ way of seeing.’

Three Deafuturama predictions:

Holographic Interpreters (HI) - an AI portable interpreter to be custom designed to match needs and lifestyles; accessed via mobile phone, tablet and/or smart watch. Interface and interact with surroundings, interpreting and translating any conversation in any language. The HI can be programmed to communicate in any language, listening to conversations around it and interpreting back in Auslan, ASL and ISL.

The Menu Board: Tired of not getting the meal you ordered? This feature of the HI is available for all shops and restaurants.

The AI ‘Menu Board’ will scan the menu and interpret what’s available for people who have difficulty reading. All languages available (including Auslan). Once you have made your selection, simply sign it to the ‘Menu Board’ and your order will be on its way.

Recognised Language: Auslan will become an official language of Australia alongside English. Auslan will be a required subject in school with all students learning Auslan in order to better communicate with Deaf people. This will also provide Deaf people greater opportunities to become teachers and educators.

Welcome to the future.


Elvin Lam


Elvin Lam





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