Art captures unsaid emotion across many media, from the hand of God reaching out to touch that of Adam in the Sistine Chapel or Mary’s pain holding her son after he has been taken from the cross. Michelangelo and other masters capture moments of intimacy so succinctly that they remind us what it is to be human.

In this week’s fotorial, we look at how the power of film can capture the confusion of being young and also deaf, and the ability of movement to express bigger and more emotional ideas. We also look at how robots are being built and programmed to mimic human emotions, and to slowly take over the world.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

WHERE: Ukrainian high school for the deaf WHAT: Film

“The Tribe unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.”

Drafthouse Films

Sankai Juku

WHERE: Japan WHAT: Dance

“Sankai Juku is an internationally known butoh dance troupe. Co-founded by Amagatsu Ushio in 1975, Butoh is an avant garde performance art with origins in Japan in the 1960’s.”

Sanai Juku

Hanson Robotics

WHERE: United States WHAT: Robotics

“Hanson Robotics develops and manufactures human-like robots, as well as the smart software that brings the robots to life. Hanson robots include the world’s first expressive biped robot, Albert-Hubo.”

Hanson Robotics