Talk With Your Hands


"Talk With Your Hands" is an experimental short film that separates language into the multiple sensory perspectives of sign, speech and gesture. With perspectives from research scientists in linguistics and neuroscience, alongside insights from deaf and blind contributors, we use the "language" of film to illustrate the fascinating ways in which communication shapes our lives.

Funded by a competitive grant from the the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust for the Cambridge Shorts programme, the short film was created through a partnership between Craig Pearson (neuroscience), Julio Song (linguistics), and the filmmaker Toby Smith. "Talk With Your Hands" premiered at the Arts Picturehouse in October 2016, followed by a one-week installation at Espresso Library for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.