“Mouth Language Device” an ASL Comedy Short

Short comedy satire written & directed by Myles de Bastion in close collaboration with the CymaSpace Media Program.

Well-intentioned hearing inventors have been trying for years to create devices that help Deaf folks translate American Sign Language to written and/or spoken English. The devices, which look like gloves decked out with technical wires and sensors, are cumbersome. Because they are not invented with Deaf input, they are also mostly ineffective. CymaSpace imagines what it would be like to turn the tables and have Deaf people create a device for hearing folks to translate their speech to sign language in this comedy sketch: “Mouth Language Device.”


This pioneering short video brings to bear all the technical video skills we have been up-skilling our team and developing over the last two years at the CymaSpace studio. For the first time ever, a film shoot was able to occur in Virtual Reality and incorporate Sign Language with the ASL performer streaming live from Washington D.C to Portland Oregon where the Director guided them through the shots. An estimated 500 volunteer hours went into this project including scriptwriting, casting costumes and filming. Our green screen studio patches physical performers into seamless virtual worlds. 3D backgrounds for “Mouth Language Device” were created in Unreal Engine, post production compositing in Aximmetry, and editing in Premiere. Our technical software, camera and lighting resources produce a virtual production unequaled by any Deaf-led media studio. 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this film possible; Open Signal, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Collings Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation

What is CymaSpace?

  • Accessibility & Inclusion

    We are a leading advocate for accessibility and inclusion within the performing arts. We are constantly striving to find new ways to ensure our venue and events are inclusive, especially to Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing communities.

  • Technology & Arts Incubator

    We provide incubator services for new fledgling organizations and communities that are exploring emerging concepts in combining technology and the arts.

  • Education & Outreach

    We provide educational opportunities for artists, the general public and other performance venues interested in incorporating our unique, cymatic concepts into their work.

  • Cymatic Study

    CymaSpace is an epicenter for Cymatic study and we are committed to raising awareness of and promoting the benefits of Cymatics (the science and study of sound made visible).