Shape of a Right Statement

Shape of a Right Statement (2008) is a short video manifesto. Staring directly at the camera, Tsang re-performs one section of “In My Language,” a forceful YouTube manifesto by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs. Tsang’s powerful interpretation was staged at the Silver Platter, home to the club Wildness, following a year in which the artist had presented live performances of the Baggs text. Tsang mimetically reproduces the voice of Baggs’s Speech Generation Device, stating, “It is only when I type something in your language that you refer to me as having communication.” Language, particularly its transmission and translation, plays a crucial role in Tsang’s work as a structure to be dismantled through alternative modes of communicability.