Caption Conscious Ecology presents Portland Forecast by Seo Hye Lee

a film still showing the sea (murky grey-blue with little choppy waves) taking up the whole image with yellow text in the centre of the image reading "sound of gentle nudges from the sea"
Still from Portland Forecast, Seo Hye Lee
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We are excited to announce the launch of Portland Forecast, a new moving-image commission from Seo Hye Lee. In the culminating event of the Caption-Conscious Ecology programme at Nottingham Contemporary, programme co-convenors Hannah Wallis and Sarah Hayden will present Portland Forecast along with Thinking of Captioning an Artist Film?: a provocation by Collective Text.

Hannah will introduce attendees to the Caption-Conscious Ecology programme and commissions. Portland Forecast will then be screened for the first time. After this debut screening, Seo Hye and Sarah will be in-conversation about Portland Forecast and the roles played by audio-description, creative captioning and access consultation in the development of this work. After their conversation, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

This event is live CART captioned and BSL interpreted.

Caption-Conscious Ecology is a programme of events and commissions that advocate for the role of captioning in the production and display of moving-image work. Beginning in 2021 with online talks and workshops that brought scholars from D/deaf Studies and Critical Disability Studies together with artists and access workers, our initial events prompted conversation on the history, function, practical provision, and creative potentiality of captioning. Having first invited artists and arts organisers to explore how and why to embed captioning in artistic and curatorial practice, we then invited Seo Hye Lee and Collective Text to produce a pair of commissions in parallel.

The launch of Portland Forecast by Seo Hye Lee and Thinking of Captioning an Artist Film? by Collective Text will both cap and close our programme.

Caption-Conscious Ecology is co-organised by Nottingham Contemporary, Hannah Wallis and Sarah Hayden/Voices in the Gallery with funding from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) in 2021 and an Art Fund Reimagine Grant from 2022-2024.

You can access recordings of previous events via the Caption-Conscious Ecology programme page by clicking here.

Sarah Hayden is a writer and researcher. From 2019-2023, she led the AHRC-funded project “Voices in the Gallery” and in 2022, co-developed slow emergency siren, ongoing: Accessing Handsworth Songs with LUX. Sarah is currently collaborating with Liza Sylvestre and Christopher Robert Jones on the Blue Description Project.

Seo Hye Lee is a London based South Korean deaf artist. Drawing on her personal experience of hearing loss and of being a cochlear implant user, Seo Hye explores a world of sound and silence through the mediums of moving image, illustration and multi-sensory installation.

Hannah Wallis is an artist, curator and d/Deaf activist based in Birmingham. Having previously worked within the exhibitions team at Nottingham Contemporary and the programme team at Wysing Arts Centre, Hannah now works as co-programme director at Grand Union alongside access consultation work.

Collective Text is a Disabled & Deaf artist-led integrated & creative access organisation providing captioning, audio description, translation and advocacy.


This event is inclusive for wheelchair users; our building is wheelchair accessible with lift access to all floors.

Speakers use microphones throughout this event.

This event is live CART captioned and BSL interpreted.

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