indigo eli

soft ground

A while ago, thanks covid, I started thinking about making my work more digitally accessible. I wanted to play with sound, but not exclude a d/Deaf audience.

In the process I spoke to a range of people in the Deaf community to see what might work, and make sure my process was respectful. Then I started experimenting with audio and video to make poems that could hopefully cater for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences alike.

This is my first finished work. I went for really rich visuals, all the words on screen, and captions for the sound effects. Special thanks to Deaf consultant Samantha Wilson for help with this one.

dip your toe in with this little TEASER

here you go, the FULL VERSION…

an audio visual poem, soft ground explores the senses and sensation of walking on this leaf littered Earth.

poem, voice, sound recording, sound and video edit: indigo eli

deaf consultant: samantha wilson

source videos: arsel ozgurdal, maksim goncharenok, kelly lacy, anna nekrashevich, cup of couple, anna shvets, pixabay, artem podrez 

soft ground was made possible with funding from Arts South Australia and the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet through an Innovating Practice grant.


  • REELpoetry International Festival 2023, Public Poetry, America
  • Nature & Culture International Film Festival 2022, Poetic Phonotheque, Denmark
  • Girls on Key Poetry Film Night, 2022 Story Week Festival, Word Travels, Australia

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This entry was published on May 30, 2022 at 2:19 pm. It’s filed under art, audio, Uncategorized, video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “soft ground

  1. Robert deKok on said:

    loved it. we may not be able to live the heady poetry life of more carefree BC years but that shit/shift has become fertilizer for your creativity. thanks for this, cheers, rob

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